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S5W-15173: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 8 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how much of the total funding for the Beef Efficiency Scheme will be spent on (a) administration and (b) payments to participating farmers.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 16 March 2018

To date approximately £4.1 million has been directly paid to farmers through the Beef Efficiency Scheme with a further £1.2 million being spent on the cost of the advisory services and the genotyping test which forms an integral part of the scheme for which farmers directly benefit.

£534k has been spent on the administrative development and maintenance of the Beef Efficiency Scheme database hosted by ScotEID. Over the lifetime of the scheme the proportion of the administration is currently forecast to reduce to 4% of total spend as the amount of payments made to farmers increases.