MP welcomes CAP deal

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP David Mundell has described the European Parliament’s approval of the Common Agricultural Policy deal as good news for south of Scotland farmers.

The new deal, which comes after long negotiations, means key decisions on the future of farming in the next CAP period will be made in Scotland.

Under the deal, some of the money withheld from big industrial farms will be redistributed to smaller farms, with an emphasis on those that use eco-friendly methods.

Mr Mundell said: “The Scottish government will have full flexibility to introduce a Scottish CAP so it must now tell Scotland’s farmers how it intends to do this.

“That flexibility has been achieved on greening, on the transition to area-based payments and on funding for new entrants and the latter, especially, is something which has been raised with me by farmers in the constituency. Getting new blood into the industry is essential for its long term survival.”