Ross welcomes further financial boost for local farmers

Moray MP Douglas Ross has welcomed the announcement today by the Prime Minister of a further £51.4 million for Scotland’s farmers and hopes to see this allocated to Moray farmers as quickly as possible. 

Douglas said: “This additional money comes on top of the £160m announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Wednesday and represents the largest funding uplift for Scotland’s farmers in many years and demonstrates the Scottish Conservative’s commitment to our farming sector. 

“The £211.4m package fully delivers on the recommendations of the independent review by Lord Bew, making sure that farm support under the Common Agricultural Policy is fairly distributed across the UK. I hope that the Scottish Government will move swiftly to ensure that this money from the UK Government is allocated to farmers in Moray and the rest of Scotland as quickly as possible.

“Prime Minister Boris Johnson used his latest visit to Scotland to announce this extra £51.4m and I’m delighted that the concerted pressure from Scotland’s Conservative MPs has achieved this result.  Coming from a farming background myself, I know how important this funding will be and shows that we are standing up for Moray and Scottish farmers and delivering results with the UK government.”

NFU Scotland President, Andrew McCornick, said:  “Taken together, the two announcements will inject £211m into Scottish agriculture over the next two years.  At a time of uncertainty, that represents the largest funding uplift for the sector in recent memory.”