The official unveiling of a streamlined form of agricultural arbitration has been welcomed as a “milestone” by Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead.
Almost £380 million in farm support payments will begin to hit the bank accounts of Scotland’s farmers on Monday, December 2.
Few would want to be in Richard Lochhead’s boots at the moment.
The UK lamb season is undoubtedly in full swing but not according to Tesco customer services representatives.
Andrew Moir, NFU Scotland’s combinable crops chairman, has reacted with undisguised fury at the Scottish Government’s decision to impose stringent management restrictions on growers hoping to grow nitrogen-fixing crops as part of their Environmental Focus Area (EFA) obligations.
Scotland’s farming union has sought clarity from the European Union, and from its lawyers, over the legitimacy of the UK Government’s apparent ‘pocketing’ of CAP convergence uplift funds.
THE NFUS has told the Scottish Office it wants 11 million euros of Scotland’s ‘lost’ convergence uplift paid upfront, until a review of the UK’s CAP allocation has been carried out.
Prime lamb producers have seen prices slide some 14-15 ppk liveweight (lwt), 3% lower than this time last year, writes Stuart Ashworth, head of Economic Services at Quality Meat Scotland.
As Scotland’s new CAP package moves by slow degrees towards completion, the calls for support to be linked to farming activity are becoming deafening.
The Scottish Government has confirmed that the exchange rate to be used to calculate support delivered through the 2013 Single Farm Payment (SFP) scheme will see one euro equalling 83.6p.