Bute farmers ‘will be losers’ under CAP reform

Changes to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy took effect on January 1, 2015.

Changes to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy took effect on January 1, 2015.

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Most of Bute’s farmers will lose out as a result of reforms to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, an industry expert has told The Buteman.

Andrew Leggate, a senior consultant with Scotland’s Rural College, told The Buteman he expected the new-look CAP, which took effect on January 1, to result in 90 per cent of the island’s farms receiving less financial help from Europe.

“In rough terms I would estimate that about £500,000 will be lost to farms on Bute,” Mr Leggate said.

“In general terms the farms which will be worst affected by the reformed CAP are the more intensive - and, dare I say it, ‘good’ - farmers whose subsidy used to be based on production, though Bute is by no means unique in that respect, and they will still receive a subsidy.”

* Full story in the January 16 edition of The Buteman - on sale now.