Common Agricultural Policy Consultation

Bill Walker, MSP for Dunfermline, has encouraged his rural constituents to participate in an online consultation on the European Commission’s proposals for the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
SNP MSP Mr Walker said:
“This is a chance for people to ensure their views are heard on reforms that affect them and that have consequences for the whole of Scotland.
“It is essential for our farmers and communities that we get the type of reforms we need. We must have a flexible system that supports farmers and allows them to manage our countryside and to keep producing the high-quality foods for which Scotland is celebrated.
“This consultation is an important part of the process of engaging with those who will be most affected by the future CAP. It follows a series of roadshows across Scotland held by the Scottish Government, which allowed people to learn more about CAP reform.”
The consultation, available here, covers a wide range of issues relating to the European reform proposals. Participants can complete as much as is relevant to them. Paper copies are also available for those without internet access.
Mr Walker added: “Further into the process, there will be a second, more detailed consultation on how the future CAP should be implemented. The current proposals set out the shape of the future CAP, so it is important that people make their views known now. “

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