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Union Talks CAP with Scottish Secretary

NFU Scotland’s top team have met with the Scottish Secretary of State Michael Moore today in the Houses of Parliament to discuss a broad range of subjects affecting Scottish farmers, with reform of the CAP top of the agenda.

The meeting involving NFU Scotland President Nigel Miller, and Chief Executive Scott Walker, touched on NFU Scotland’s reaction to many of the major details of the proposed CAP schemes.  That included the concept of a National Reserve for new entrants, the importance of bridging instruments to ensure the continuation of Rural Development measures from the current CAP to the next, and the need to open the door to new businesses that have been disadvantaged under Scotland’s historic model.

Speaking after the meeting NFU Scotland President, Nigel Miller, said:

“The developing political landscape around CAP reform and the focus of structures will determine the success or failure of the new policy supporting production on Scottish farms. Today’s meeting was therefore vital to keep channels open with the UK Government to focus their negotiating efforts to win the flexibilities needed for Scottish agriculture.

“The road to the next CAP is technically and politically complex and it is vital that we use every opportunity to speak to the key players in the negotiating process. Particularly important was the opportunity to press Scotland’s individual issues such as the transition from a historic system of payment to an area one.”

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Contact Wendy Fleming on 0131 472 4020

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News Article No.: 176/11


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