Brian Pack OBE has released his interim report on how to reduce the amount of red tape in Scottish agriculture.
The Doing Better Initiative Interim Report includes 72 provisional recommendations following a wide-ranging industry consultation. Views on the provisional recommendations, which are intended to provoke debate and discussion, together with further evidence, will be gathered over the next three months before a final report is submitted to Scottish Government Ministers next year.
Speaking at the launch of the interim report in Perth, Mr Pack said:
“The objective we have in our sights, and which I believe is achievable, is to make a difference for Scotland’s farmers, land managers and administrators, and improve Scotland’s sustainable economic growth. It has been a real challenge getting to grips with the regulatory environment and opportunities for improving both the regulatory structure and individual regulations and I would like to thank my Expert Panel, and Steven Thomson from Scotland’s Rural College for their valuable help and input.
“My interim report sets out in detail the incumbent regulatory framework of Scottish agriculture including the European dimension and sets out a wide range of actions which I believe would reduce red tape in farming and land management, making it easier to comply and build trust. Some recommendations would be simple to implement, others would have far-reaching consequences, whilst others would require a change in attitude from European institutions.
“I am now looking forward to receiving feedback on my interim findings and proposals, which will inform how my recommendations and supporting evidence should be changed for the final report.”
The Scottish Government press release can be found here: Interim Report Press Release
The Interim Report can be found here: Interim Report