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Senior officials from the Scottish government have visited the Rural Payments Agency in Berkshire to learn from the mistakes made in 2005 when England switched from a historic to area-based subsidy system. English farmers suffered long payment delays and the government was fined millions of pounds by Brussels for failing to meet targets. One of the officials, Scotland’s newly-appointed chief agricultural officer David Barnes, said he was doing everything in his power to ensure Scottish farmers would receive their CAP […]
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