Producers in the hills and uplands look set to be the main beneficiaries of the initial £80 million of convergence funds to be distributed by the Scottish Government.
Additional funding of £211 million for Scottish farmers and crofters must be delivered to the Scottish Government now, rather than next April.
Perseverance finally paid off yesterday when the chancellor confirmed Scottish farmers will receive £160 million of EU funding owed to them since 2013.
Scotland’s rural affairs secretary Fergus Ewing has accused the prime minister of trying to renege on his promise to return £160 million of EU convergence funds to Scottish farmers.
A six-year battle to win back the full £160 million of European “convergence” top-up funds owed to Scottish farmers has finally been won – but only if Boris Johnson is elected prime minister.
An independent review into how agriculture funds should be distributed fairly to farmers in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland when the UK leaves Europe has been launched by Defra.
Scottish farmers’ long-standing hopes of getting their fair share of £160 million of EU funds appear to have been dashed by Defra and the UK Treasury.
An independent review into the long-disputed sharing of £160 million of European convergence funds will finally take place next year following an agreement reached in London between Defra Secretary Michael Gove and Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing.
Environment secretary Michael Gove has told representatives of the devolved administrations that all EU rural funding for forestry, fishing, farming and the environment will continue until 2022.