MSP welcome CAP reform

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Galloway & West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson has welcomed the agreement that has been reached in Europe on the issue of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform.

Speaking after the announcement, Mr Fergusson said: “I very much welcome the fact that agreement has been reached during the current presidency.

“It would have served no useful purpose if negotiations had been further prolonged, and the Scottish government can now get on with working out how it will implement the reform package.

“The best possible outcome has been achieved – the Scottish government will have full flexibility to introduce a Scottish CAP – and it must now tell Scotland’s farmers how it intends to do so.

“Flexibility has been achieved on greening, on the transition to area-based payments and on funding for new entrants. The transition to area-based support is of particular importance to our region, and the Scottish government must lay out its implementation proposals as soon as possible to allow farmers to plan for the future under the new regime.

“The Scottish government no longer has any hiding place – it must get on and deliver.”