Scots farmers angry at Arable Aid delay

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

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