Agricultural payments: Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is a European scheme to help farmers. The CAP is made up of two pillars - rural payments and the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP).


While we are in the EU transition period we adhere to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

This comprises of:

In 2018 we consulted about proposals for a five year transition period for farming and rural support should Scotland leave the EU.

The EU transition period began on 31 January and ended on the 31 December 2020.


CAP is a European wide scheme to support farmers. Read more: The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) at a glance and UK: CAP in your country on the European Commission's website.


Please contact your Rural Services and Payments local area office if you have any questions.

You can also book an appointment in your local area office.

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