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General Enquiries

Telephone Enquiry Line: 0300 244 4000*
*0300 numbers are geographically neutral (Office Hours: 08:30 to 17:00 Monday - Friday)

International Callers: +44 131 244 4000

Email: ceu@gov.scot

Text Relay Service: 18001+ 0300 244 4000 (service for the deaf)

BSL users can contact us via contactSCOTLAND-BSL, the online British Sign Language interpreting service.

Find out more on the contactSCOTLAND website.

Main addresses

If you need to contact the Scottish Government in writing and require any assistance please contact the main number above for advice.

Agriculture, Food and Rural Communities Directorate

Director: Jonathan Pryce

The Directorate is responsible for the implementation and delivery of grants, subsidies and other Government and European Union (EU) policies in support of Scotland’s economic growth and especially the rural economy.


To support Scotland’s sustainable economic growth, especially in the rural community, making the most of Scotland’s environment and natural assets.   The Directorate is the accredited Paying Agency in Scotland for all EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) schemes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Payment of EU scheme grants and subsidies which we and other bodies deliver across Scotland worth around £650m per annum in EU and Scottish Government funding.
  • Inspection of agricultural land and livestock to ensure compliance with EU regulations.
  • Delivery of the National Food and Drink Policy for Scotland and provision of financial support to the Food Industry across Scotland.
  • Protect human health in Scotland by controlling animal diseases that may affect people.
  • Protect domestic animal health and welfare in Scotland.
  • Ensure the provision of effective infrastructure (including animal traceability) to prevent, control and eradicate animal disease in Scotland.
  • Provision of expert scientific and technical advice and services on both agricultural and environmental matters.
  • Agricultural policy including engagement with other parts of the UK and the EU in development of the Common Agricultural Policy.