Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP today said farmers are "despairing" after he revealed that 492 farming businesses are still waiting to receive CAP funding from the 2017 funding round.
In response to a parliamentary question, the Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing confirmed that 217 businesses in the Highlands and Islands and 149 in the South of Scotland were still to receive 2017 CAP basic payments. There are dozens more in the North East and Mid Scotland & Fife.
Mike Rumbles said:
“Hundreds of farms across Scotland have been left in the lurch because of government ineptitude.
“The rural economy has been drained of essential funds year after year as the Scottish Government fails to fix problems and faffs about with its pricey but incapable computer system. Combined with bad weather, farmers have been left despairing.
“On the SNP's watch confidence in the funding system is at an all-time low. Should it go ahead, how are farmers and crofters expected to have any confidence in their post-Brexit security when the Scottish Government can’t get to grips with the CAP system now?”