Date lodged: 26 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how much land classified as PGRS has been removed from that category in Shetland between the final year of the single farm payment system and the first year of the Basic Payment Scheme.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 15 August 2016
Under the EU regulations that support common agricultural policy subsidy payments, it is the responsibility of the applicant to accurately declare the area of land claimed for support and the appropriate land cover.
In the context of Shetland a total of 24,401.65 hectares of PGRS was declared by 909 direct support applicants in 2014, by comparison a total of 25230.79 hectares of PGRS was declared in 2015, by 939 direct support applicants.