Thousands of Scottish farmers now have fewer forms to fill in as a result of Scottish Government efforts to reduce agricultural red tape.
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has met with representatives of some of Scotland’s main banks to update them on the timescale for making direct farm payments.
Payments to begin in December. The first Scottish direct farm payments should begin arriving in bank accounts by the end of December, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has said.
European efforts to cut red tape and ensure Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) regulations are fit for purpose must be redoubled as a matter of urgency.
Views are being sought on whether the pig disease Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) should be classed as a notifiable disease in Scotland.