Local MP, Luke Graham, hosted a meeting with local National Farmers Union Scotland representatives and other local farmers in a roundtable discussion at Strathearn Artspace, in Crieff.
The main topic for discussion was the UK Agriculture Bill aims to ensure continuity of farm and rural payments for farmers until 2024, replacing the existing EU CAP payments. The bill also marks a move towards maximising productivity, providing public goods & tackling climate change.
Although the UK Government offered for the Bill to include Scotland, the SNP administration in Edinburgh refused. Despite this, there were no provisions for agriculture included in the SNP’s ‘Programme for Government’.
As a consequence, farmers, and the wider agriculture industry, are facing the prospect of not being able to receive the payments they are due, as well as being excluded from the UK framework.
Luke Graham MP, who welcomed the constructive discussion at the meeting, said:
“I would like to thank everyone who came to the roundtable, these discussions are a great way of bringing local farmers together to discuss issues facing the agricultural sector, including concerns about immigration.
My Scottish Conservative colleagues and I have been working hard to make sure Scotland is being properly represented and, I hope, included in the UK Agriculture bill, and I will be taking the farmer’s contributions from today back to our future discussions.
At the start of the year I was able to bring Michael Gove, Secretary of State for DEFRA, to Gloagburn and am keen to bring more Government ministers to our constituency, so the voice of Ochil & South Perthshire is heard loud & clear in Westminster.”