English farmers given more certainty than those north of the border

English farmers given more certainty than those north of the border

Press Release

Commenting on today’s introduction of a new UK Agriculture Bill, Sarah-Jane Laing, Chief Executive of Scottish Land & Estates said:

“Today’s UK Agriculture Bill gives English farmers more certainty than Scottish farmers which demonstrates that we urgently need a long-term vision to secure the future of Scottish farming and land management.

“The Bill has major implications for Scottish farming, and it is crucial that the Scottish and UK Governments work together to address big UK-wide issues such as trade and standards. Any common framework must be developed collaboratively rather than being imposed on the devolved nations by Westminster.

“It is very concerning how the new Bill highlights that more progress has been made on life beyond the Common Agricultural Policy south of the border. There is a clear message coming from the sector including those set out in our paper ‘#Route2050: the future direction of land management in Scotland’ that after nearly 50 years of being tied to this EU policy, the Scottish Government now has the opportunity to create new policy which rewards and invests in farming and wider land management, tailored to Scotland’s requirements.”