Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has voiced concerns over the future of agriculture subsidies, after UK Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove, appeared to threaten future funding levels in a speech earlier today.

While the UK Government has stated its intention to continue current levels of farm subsidies until 2022, there is a huge question mark over what financial support system will be in place after that.

Alasdair Allan MSP commented: “Agriculture subsidies help to support crofters across the Western Isles, as well as boosting the local economies as a whole by helping to create and sustain jobs here.

“Today’s remarks from Michael Gove that farmers and crofters will have to earn their payments are an unambiguous threat to cut levels of support post-2022.

“With the Conservative party’s consistently dismissive attitude towards crofting and farming in less favoured areas, there are real concerns over what a UK Government replacement for CAP would look like.

“All of this underlines the need for powers over agriculture, fisheries and the rural economy to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament so that we can protect vital funding to our rural communities.”