Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, submitted a motion on the future of rural policy and support in Scotland, which was debated on January 10th 2019.
Motion S5M-15279: Fergus Ewing, Inverness and Nairn, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/01/2019
Future Rural Policy and Support in ScotlandThat the Parliament acknowledges that future policy for Scotland’s rural economy should be founded on key principles, including sustainability, simplicity, innovation, inclusion, productivity and profitability; recognises that it should seek to maintain flourishing communities, enable farmers and crofters to continue to deliver high-quality goods and services through food production and stewardship of the countryside and Scotland’s natural assets, and encourage diverse land use; calls on the UK Government to deliver a fair allocation of future rural funds to Scotland, including fully replacing all lost EU funding, that will allow development and implementation of a funding support scheme that meets rural Scotland’s needs and interests; further calls on the Scottish Government to convene a group consisting of producer, consumer and environmental organisations to inform and recommend a new bespoke policy on farming and food production for Scotland, and agrees that the Parliament should legislate for future rural policy.
Scottish Rural Action submitted our finalised statement on the future of rural policy post-Brexit to MSPs prior to the debate and we were pleased to consequently see community-led rural development funding, LEADER, gain the support of MSPs in the debate.
A live recording of the debate, is available here: https://www.scottishparliament.tv/meeting/debate-future-rural-policy-and-support-in-scotland-january-10-2019