Responding to a parliamentary question answered today by the Rural Economy Secretary which suggests the Government may struggle to meet the target of making 95.24% of CAP Pillar 1 payments by the end of June 2018, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:
“Millions of pounds of support payments have been delayed every year since 2015. The impact of that has been felt by local suppliers, shops and services across our rural economy, as well as by farm businesses.
"If the Minister was confident the target was going to be met on time, he would simply have answered this question in the affirmative.
"That he has chosen to obscure his answer suggests that Scottish farmers are going to be in for a rough ride once more."