Chance to catch up on CAP reform plan

IT promises to be all you could want to know about the planned CAP changes but were too afraid to ask.

Scottish Government officials are bringing their Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform road show to Lauder next week.

They are hoping to give farmers an up-to-date picture of what the European proposals to reform the system are, where negotiations stand and what the likely impact is on Scotland.

Farmers will have a chance to ask the senior officers more about the planned changes in a question and answer session.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “We’re determined to get a fair deal for Scotland’s farmers in the current CAP reform negotiations. Formal negotiations have begun in earnest and the Scottish Government is working hard to ensure that Scotland’s voice is heard – in Brussels and Westminster.

“But it’s also vital that Scottish farmers are kept informed about the progress of the negotiations and have the opportunity to air their views. After all, it’s their livelihoods that will be directly affected.

“That’s why I have outlined a five-point engagement plan for stakeholders and these public meetings are a key part of this process. I hope as many people as possible will take this opportunity to find out about what CAP reform might mean for them. I hope to be able to attend some of the meetings to hear people’s views.”

Anyone missing the meeting can catch up by watching a podcast of the session.

Mr Lochhead is going to write to farmers giving more detail on the CAP reform proposals.Officials plan a new CAP section on the Scottish Government website to keep everyone up-to-date with all developments.

The government has pledged to continue working with the industry through the Future CAP Stakeholder Group to help inform Scotland’s negotiating position.

The meeting, at the Lodge, Carfraemill, is on December 12 at 7.30pm.