The next phase of the Scottish Government’s review of farming red tape got underway this week with the launch of a public e-consultation.
This online dialogue is a key part of Brian Pack’s wider review of farming bureaucracy and will allow farmers, land managers, the wider agricultural supply chain and anyone with an interest in farming to engage in constructive online discussions about how Scottish farming should be regulated in future.
The topics that have already been highlighted to kick start discussion are:
- Simplifying cattle identification and traceability - the biggest cause of cross compliance failure in Scotland
- Making better use of online resources and communication between farmers / land managers and the regulators
- Simplifying sheep traceability - is the current Scottish system going beyond what is required by the EU?
- Streamlining regulatory paperwork and inspections to free up time for farmers to farm
- Considering how best to encourage farmers to minimise pollution and climate change impacts without unnecessary regulation
The public dialogue website can be accessed at:
Douglas McAdam, Scottish Land & Estates CEO, said: “The issue of the bureaucratic burden placed on land managers is something that our members are very concerned about and so we view Brian Pack’s review of red tape as extremely important. We would encourage all our members to get involved in this dialogue. Brian is to be commended for trialling innovative methods for engaging the farming and land management community and it is only by getting involved in the dialogue that those affected by red tape can have real and constructive input. We hope that this new approach is successful and that it provides Brian with some solutions that may help reduce the red tape burden in future”.