NFUS has reacted with relief to the Scottish Government’s
news that the much-anticipated ewe-headage payment will be arriving
in farmers’ bank accounts within the next few days.
Jim McLaren, President of NFU Scotland
Scottish Government officials have been waiting for the details
of the scheme to be published on the official EU website thus giving
the legal approval for payments to be made.
The £6 per ewe payment will be paid to all sheep producers
in Scotland who entered breeding ewe numbers in their 2006 IACS
form. The scheme was the largest part of the £25 million-aid
package for Scottish farmers announced by the Cabinet Secretary
Reacting to the announcement, NFUS Livestock Committee Chairman,
Kelvin Pate said:
“This money is absolutely essential and comes at a time
of unprecedented hardship for Scotland’s sheep industry.
The effects of lost export markets through Foot and Mouth Disease
movement restrictions during our main sheep harvest period have
been devastating. The Scottish Government’s recognition of
the urgency of this situation is very welcome.”
Speaking from Edinburgh, NFUS President, Jim McLaren added:
“We continue to pursue the UK Government for full compensation
for Scottish farmers affected by the 2007 Pirbright Foot and Mouth
Disease outbreak. The agricultural industry has carried the financial
can for Government over this and nothing short of full compensation
for these losses will be acceptable.
“The Scottish Government has done what it can and we greatly
appreciate the efforts it has made for the sheep sector. We continue
to work with them to find a solution for the equally hard-pressed
pig sector, which is also facing the prospect of financial meltdown
over the increased costs associated with the FMD outbreak.”
- The £6 per ewe payment will be paid into
bank accounts on 10 and 11 December.
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