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26/06/13 00:17

EU CAP will support food production

Scotland’s farmers should benefit from the new CAP which rewards activity, supports production and encourages greener choices.

The deal – which gives the EU Presidency a mandate to negotiate with the EU Parliament on Wednesday and agree a final package - should see new entrants benefit while slipper farmers lose out.

Speaking immediately after talks concluded in Luxembourg just after midnight Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

"After almost two-years of hard fought negotiations the key principles agreed tonight should mean a better CAP policy for Scotland than the one we currently have, albeit as is the case with all negotiations such as these we didn’t get everything we would have liked.

"The new CAP will encourage food production, and reward active farmers rather than slipper farmers. Farming will also be greener and new entrants will be supported to help attract new blood into the industry.

"However, there are disappointments for livestock farmers who could be denied the same level of support being made available to other countries and some arable farmers will also face greater hurdles in meeting the new regulations.

"The biggest disappointment remains the UK’s budget betrayal which will cost our farming industry dearly.

"We now face major decision on how to implement the new CAP in Scotland."