Sunday 22 February 2015

The Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) - News from Brussels and Edinburgh!

If you want farmers to read what you have written or to turn up to a meeting tell them how to make or save money. There weren't enough seats at last week's SRDP "Roadshow" in Oban for just that reason. Although it hasn't all been finally approved in Brussels we were told what the Common Agricultural Policy is going to paying us for from 2014 until 2020.

Crofter under 41
Wrapped up in all of the Brussels Speak and Scottish Government Speak ( these are two quite distinct languages impenetrable to the uninitiated) we were told that not much has changed. The Single Farm Payment (with a slightly different name that I can't remember) will continue along with the "Less Favoured Area" payment will still be paid but varied according to the land quality. Basically the farms on the better land get more and the biggest farms get the biggest proportion of the cake plus ca change.

Incentives to create more woodland, projects to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and more money for younger Crofters (those under 41 or as  one speaker said, "those with age related issues" ) mean there's something for everyone. But only once we have re-registered with SGRPID and we  have done the returns on line.


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