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Gove sheds light on plans for funding agriculture - but what about Scotland?

Michael Gove’s Oxford Farming Conference speech without doubt shed light on his plans for funding agriculture as the UK leaves the EU and the transition beyond that.

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But there was nothing about arrangements for Scotland.

 

When questioned, the Secretary of State made it clear that arranging farm policy was an important part of the devolution settlement.

 

He had been working hard with Scottish Government and that would continue, he claimed.

 

NFUS president Andrew McCornick said: “While the speech focused on how Defra will deliver for England, Scottish farmers and crofters now need to hear more about what the future holds for them.


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"Reiteration of the funding commitment to 2022 provides some certainty through what will continue to be an uncertain era.”

 

David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land and Estates, said: “It is pleasing we are now starting to see more detail emerge on rural support for the post-Brexit landscape.

 

"In particular, his latest commitment to ensuring transitional arrangements from the CAP is to be welcomed.

 

“It is clear that the UK Government’s long-term vision sees public support being delivered in return for public goods, with a greater emphasis on enhancing natural capital such as carbon storage, and improved soil, air and water quality. “

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