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.