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Supporting Scottish Agriculture

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 6th March 2019.

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I am sorry, but I do not have time.

What will happen to our precious protected geographical indication status?

NFU Scotland said, in its discussion paper “A New Agricultural Policy For Scotland Post-Brexit”:

“Change is inevitable, but change must be managed and not chaotic.”

However, all that we see from Westminster on Brexit is chaos.

We want to, and will, do things differently in Scotland. The Scottish Government has said that it is working on plans for future support. The cabinet secretary made a statement in the chamber recently that outlined our plans, and the minister laid out our position in her opening speech. Future support must be simplified—we all agree on that. It should support the whole of our countryside and the environment. It should reward good practice, productivity and stewardship of the land. It should also take account of carbon impact and biodiversity. Above all, it must be fair. It must support communities and work for everyone.

It is just not true that we are sitting back and doing nothing.