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Clydesdale MSP, Aileen Campbell has added her support to Rural Secretary Richard Lochhead’s calls for Scotland’s poor Common Agricultural Policy budget allocation to be made a negotiating priority by the UK Government.
As CAP negotiations reach a crucial stage, Mr Lochhead has written to Defra to urge them to make improving Scotland’s budget allocations a priority and not risk leaving Scotland’s farmers with some of the lowest levels of payments in the EU.


The CAP budget is due to be set at the European Council in late November and the talks, in which Scotland will be represented by the UK government, will play a major role in deciding Scotland’s share which is currently less than the UK average and one of the lowest in Europe.
Commenting, Aileen Campbell said:
"These are crucial times for farmers as the budget for CAP is due to set in a matter of weeks.
"The Rural Secretary has continually called for Scotland’s farmers to receive a fair deal, something that has not been delivered in the past by successive UK Governments.
"Unlike other member states, we are reliant on the UK Government to make the case for Scotland and so far they have not acknowledged the different challenges facing Scottish farming, and unless they have a major change of tact Scotland stands to lose out again.
"It is imperative the UK Government listens to Mr Lochhead and Scotland’s agricultural sector, and ensures we are not left with the lowest level of funding per hectare, as it is our farmers and crofters who will pay the price."

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