Net Zero (Role of Agriculture)

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 28 April 2022.

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Photo of Martin Whitfield Martin Whitfield Labour

7. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that the agriculture sector plays a leading role in delivering a net zero Scotland. (S6O-01012)

Photo of Mairi Gougeon Mairi Gougeon Scottish National Party

The vision for agriculture outlines our aim to transform how we support farming and food production in Scotland to become a global leader in sustainable and regenerative agriculture. This summer, we will consult to inform the introduction of an agriculture bill to deliver on the vision. We are taking early action: the £51 million national test programme will build on a range of support, including grants, advice and research, to support our farmers and crofters to learn how their work impacts on climate and nature.

Photo of Martin Whitfield Martin Whitfield Labour

The Scottish, United Kingdom and Welsh Governments and the Northern Ireland Executive jointly announced plans to establish the UK emissions trading scheme—UKETS—from January 2021. The consultation on a UK emissions trading scheme is currently open. Does the Scottish Government agree that it is essential that our farming communities have effective carbon calculators, are recognised for their role in carbon sequestration and are able to participate in carbon trading markets?

Photo of Mairi Gougeon Mairi Gougeon Scottish National Party

As the member indicated, the consultation on that is currently open. I encourage all of those with an interest to take part in it. We will, of course, consider the responses carefully.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

Question 8 has been withdrawn, so that concludes portfolio questions. There will be a short pause before we move to the next item of business.