‘UK government is listening to Scottish farmers’

The UK government is fully aware of the needs of Scottish farmers, said farm minister David Heath.

“We have been working with the governments of all the devolved administrations to make sure that the UK negotiating position reflects their requirements,” Mr Heath told NFU Scotland’s conference and AGM.

This included work to ensure heather was included in the definition of permanent pasture and a commitment to continue allowing Scotland to receive “unused”coupled payments from England, he said.

“What works in the Highlands won’t work in big arable farms in the south of England. CAP reform needs to have the flexibility to apply in all these different environments and still give the support that farmers need – this holds true for greening and for internal convergence of payments,” added Mr Heath.

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