Farm income in Scotland has fallen from £729 million in 2017 to £672 million last year, according to National Statistics published today. A decline in productivity and rising costs in labour and feed have been cited as contributing factors.
Commenting on the findings, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural economy spokesperson and North East MSP, Mike Rumbles said:
“Instead of supporting and nurturing agricultural industries, our governments in both Edinburgh and London have created a hostile environment for farm businesses in Scotland.
“Bad weather and increasing overheads may be beyond the control of Ministers but three years of incompetent handing and delays to rural support payments by the Scottish Government and chaos in Westminster over Brexit has only made matters worse.
“Uncertainty about the future is stifling growth in our rural economy and harming rural communities. The SNP and Tories are completely distracted but these damaging figures need to be a wake-up call for Ministers about the serious issues facing our rural industries.”
The report can be found here