13 Jun 2012
Responding to figures showing an improving farming sector in Scotland, Scottish Conservative Rural Affairs Spokesman Alex Fergusson MSP said:
“Figures do indeed point to a positive picture for Scottish agriculture, and they are to be greatly welcomed.
“But they owe more to reducing breeding stock numbers – due to change to Single Farm Payment – and the exchange rate with the Euro, than to any Scottish Government policy.
“What is now essential is that the Scottish Government engages fully with the UK – as the EU member state – to ensure that Common Agricultural Policy reform does nothing to weaken the sound base that Scottish farmers have themselves so successfully established, and from which the sector can move forward positively if given the appropriate support from Government at both UK and Scottish levels.”
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