Commenting on today’s results of the Scottish Agricultural Census, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:
“It has been a poor year for farmers. No one can be blamed for bad weather but our farm businesses are also reeling from uncertainty over Brexit and the Scottish Government’s atrocious handling of farm support payments over the past three winters.
“It has also been hugely disappointing that the Scottish Government has waited over two years to begin the process of developing a new system of farm support, post 2020.
“Our governments ought to be encouraging and developing our rural economy not undermining it. I want to see both the UK and Scottish governments give a cast iron guarantee that support will continue at the same level and that it will arrive at the same time every year.”