Progress made on short-term clarity for Scotland’s farming sector

Press Release

Scotland’s farming sector welcomes the security provided by this short-term Bill but remain keen to advance discussions on a longer-term solution to develop a resilient, efficient and thriving sector, says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE).

Following on from Wednesday’s meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee to discuss amendments to the Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill, SLE say they are glad that there was commitment from Government to engage with the sector and MSPs to provide more clarity and direction for the agricultural sector and wider food security.  

Eleanor Kay, SLE Agriculture Policy Adviser, said: “The commitment from Scottish Government to discuss the merits of a purpose clause in this Bill creates an opportunity to clearly indicate a direction of travel to the sector.

“This Bill is an important piece of legislation and we fully support the intentions behind it. There are parts where we think it can do more to ensure a strong recovery for the sector.

“This legislation is only supposed to operate in the short-term so we were encouraged to see a sunset-clause added to the Bill, which should ensure these short-term measures are not used longer than necessary and will help focus minds on developing a crucial long-term strategy for rural Scotland.

“Before Stage 3 of the Bill we look forward to seeing the recommendations from the Farming and Food Production Future Policy Group. The recommendations from this group are expected to heavily influence Scottish Governments thinking for future rural policy.

”We hope that ahead of Stage 3 of the Bill, MSPs from all parties can work constructively with stakeholders to ensure this Bill provides the platform to deliver a resilient, efficient and thriving rural sector.”