Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed today’s parliamentary statement from the Scottish Government on the farming subsidy crisis.
Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “The farming payment crisis has placed immense stress on rural businesses throughout Scotland but the apology and update from the Cabinet Secretary is a welcome step in the Scottish Government getting a grip on this matter.
“Mr Ewing clearly understands where the problems remain and whilst these will not be solved overnight, we believe that the new Cabinet Secretary is well placed to restore confidence moving forward.
“It must be remembered that this is not just a crisis affecting farmers but has severe knock-on consequences for the whole supply chain, especially in rural areas that are heavily dependent on the farming sector for the majority of their trade.
“We are happy to offer our assistance to the Scottish Government in future months to ensure these problems can be overcome and will cooperate with our industry partners to ensure the continuing damage arising from this issue can be minimised.”