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 we adhere to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
This comprises of:
- rural payments - Pillar 1: support to farmers' incomes
- Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) - Pillar 2: support for the development of rural areas
- we carry out inspections to ensure conditions are being met in relation to payments
The Scottish Government is the payment authority for the EU's payment schemes.
In 2018 we consulted about proposals for a five year transition period for farming and rural support should Scotland leave the EU.
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.