Subsidy reforms explained to Bute farmers

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.

Farmers on Bute heard more about major reforms to European subsidy rules at an event on the island this week.

Around 20 of the island’s farmers heard Scottish Government officials Louise Lang and Gregor Caldwell from the Scottish Government’s rural payments and inspections division explain the detail of the new-look Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which came into effect on January 1, at a roadshow event at the Kingarth Hotel.

The reformed CAP calculates subsidies to farmers based on the area and quality of the land they farm, instead of the quantity of stock they own or crops they produce, as previously.

Andrew Leggate, a senior consultant at Scotland’s Rural College, told The Buteman he thought it likely that most of the island’s farms would be in line for a reduction in subsidy as a result of the new CAP rules.

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