Date lodged: 14 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans, or is discussing, an expansion of agricultural subsidies to (a) dairy and (b) pig farmers in the current parliamentary session.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 27 July 2016
Active dairy and outdoor pig producers are currently eligible for the Basic Payment Scheme provided they meet the eligibility criteria and Scottish Government is intent on pursuing all options to maintain Scotland's EU status to help support all our farmers.
The European Commission announced a 500 package of support to the livestock sector at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 18 July 2016. The United Kingdom's share of this allocation is around 30 million and the government will seek to ensure that Scotland receives its fair share of this allocation and are discussing with stakeholders how the funding should be used to boost resilience in the sector.