Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has called for the Scottish Government to make a new timetable statement outlining when long-delayed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments are to be distributed.
The Scottish Government has failed to meet its own CAP payments timetable, despite investing £178 million in a new computer delivery system.
Only 18% of Scottish farmers received their part payment by the end of 2015, confirmed by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs last week following questions from by Shetland MSP Tavish Scott.
Commenting Mr McArthur said:
“Farmers in Orkney, and across Scotland, are increasingly worried by the Cabinet Secretary’s wall of silence. He promised letters before Christmas. Most arrived after New Year.
“Most producers do not know what they are getting or when. The Scottish Government must set out a timetable for vital CAP payments. Indeed, I am all too aware how important this is for farmers in Orkney, as well as those in the wider supply chain. They are already under greater financial pressure due to bad weather last year. What they urgently need is greater clarity about what is happening.”