20 November 1998
Scots farmers angry at Arable Aid delay

SCOTTISH farmers are up in arms over the delay in the Arable Aid Payment Scheme.

The farmers claim payments of £2 million for the 1997 crop have been outstanding for almost a year.

The delay is thought to affect 25% of Scottish farmers, a council meeting of the Scottish National Farmers Union was told.

The delay has been caused by a problem in tallying acreage payments with Ordnance Survey maps.

The Scottish Office maintains that 81% of farmers had received payment for 1998 – which translates to £92m out of the total of £140m.

  • The Scotsman 20/11/98 page 30