Farming: CAP roadshows to pay visit to Bute

A Scottish Government roadshow explaining in detail the changes to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy will visit Bute on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
A Scottish Government roadshow explaining in detail the changes to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy will visit Bute on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

Farmers on Bute will have the chance to find out more about the EU’s new Common Agricultural Policy at a roadshow on the island in December.

The event, being held at the Kingarth Hotel on Tuesday, December 9 at 7.30pm, is one of 35 being organised by the Scottish Government at venues across the country to allow officials to explain how how CAP support will be delivered from 2015, and what farmers and crofters need to do to receive CAP funding.

There will also be the opportunity for farmers to ask questions about the new system.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “We are about to implement the biggest reform of the Common Agricultural Policy in a generation and, while we have already provided information about the funding system, farmers and crofters will undoubtedly have questions about the practical implications of these changes.

“These roadshows are the ideal opportunity for farmers and crofters to find out about the new CAP which comes into effect on January 1, 2015, as well as what they need to do to receive funding and all of the key dates and deadlines.

“Scottish Government officials will be on hand to answer any questions farmers and crofters may have and to talk through the new system we are introducing to make the transition as smooth as possible.”

Alastair Redman, the Conservatives’ candidate for Argyll and Bute at next year’s UK general election, added: “The new CAP system in Scotland will be radically different from the current system which our farmers and crofters receive support from.

“I hope many farmers and crofters from Argyll and Bute will be able to attend the roadshows so they will have the opportunity to quiz Scottish Government officials on the details of the new scheme.”