Politicians welcome CAP reform

Borders MP Michael More and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont have both welcomed an agreement reached on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

The reforms, agreed by the European parliament, EU Council of Ministers and the European Commission, will not only result in the UK receiving a higher proportion of funding but will also allow for the Scottish Government to implement the CAP in Scotland, meaning it can be adapted to the needs of Scottish farmers.

Mr Moore said the agreement was a long time coming as CAP was an issue regularly brought to his attention.

He commented: “As an MP representing an area with a strong farming industry, I welcome the significant gains that the UK Government has secured for Scotland on CAP reform. These include the clear statement from the European Commission on regionalisation of the CAP giving our farmers reassurance that the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament have the freedom to deliver a CAP tailored to their needs and circumstances.

John Lamont MSP added: “It is vital that any new system created for Scotland puts the needs of farmers first, and that it is tailored to them. Our farmers deserve the best support possible.”