Scottish farmers receive £12m boost

Scottish farmers are set to receive a share of Scotland’s £12.2m Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) refund within the next few days, it has been announced. 

There are 14,600 producers who will receive an average of £845 each, from the funds that were kept aside from direct farm payments in 2013, as stipulated by Europe under a CAP budget balancing move. The EC is now allowing the unspent reserves to be repaid, and the Scottish government has begun to make the payments, which will reach recipients’ bank accounts from Thursday 11 June.

“This will be a modest, albeit welcome windfall for thousands of Scottish farmers and crofters who had their payments reduced in 2013 as required by Europe,” said Rural Affairs secretary Richard Lochhead.

“Of course, the level of financial discipline imposed by Europe in 2013 would have been millions of pounds higher, had it not been for the Scottish Government successfully lobbying the EU to minimise the impact on Scottish agriculture.”

He added that the Department had received nearly 12,000 Single Application Forms for 2015 CAP support to date, more than 50% of the expected final number, and with less than two weeks to go until the 15 June deadline, he urged everyone to finalise their applications soon as possible.

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