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24 July 2020

Stevenson Welcomes Early Delivery of Farming Cash

Local SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed today’s announcement that over 15,000 Scottish farmers and crofters are to receive their share of £6.39 million ahead of schedule under the Financial Discipline Mechanism.

The payments commencing this week aim to keep the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Pillar 1 budget in balance through the creation of a crisis reserve, which is then released back to farmers the following year if the reserve is not required.

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

“With the looming prospect of a no-deal Brexit, the current Coronavirus situation, and the UK Government’s seemingly endless determination to allow sub-standard imports in their quest for any kind of trade deal, it’s an uncertain time for farmers.

“The Scottish Government is working hard to protect the interests of our farmers and producers so today’s announcement is very welcome.”

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP said:

“These payments usually issue in October so it is particularly welcome during this challenging time they will start arriving in bank accounts from this week.

“This early delivery will be welcome news to many farmers who are facing the unwelcome prospect of a no-deal Brexit and the uncertainties this will inevitably bring to their business.

“It is important that farmers are aware of the service offered by the likes of the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI) to help them through any hardships they may be facing now or in the future. In the meantime, I hope this small injection will be a welcome addition to eligible farmers’ finances.”

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