A major new announcement that a future UK Conservative Government will guarantee current funding for Scottish farmers until 2024 has been welcomed by Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron.

During a visit to a farm in Galloway, Michael Gove announced the funding commitment to ensure that farmers, crofters, and land managers have the time and security to adapt and prepare for our CAP replacement.

This follows the promise kept by the Prime Minister to resolve the historical issue of convergence uplift funding, delivering over £211 million in additional funding for Scottish farmers.

Scottish Conservative MSP Donald Cameron said:

“Farmers and crofters across Argyll and Bute have expressed concerns to me about future funding arrangements, so I am delighted that a future UK Conservative Government will guarantee current levels of funding until 2024.

Despite the fact that the UK voted to leave the EU in 2016, the SNP have completely failed to tell farmers about its plans for future agricultural support, not to mention the recent debacle over the convergence monies and LFASS. Instead, Nicola Sturgeon’s government has solely focused on planning for a second independence referendum.

It goes to show once again that only the Scottish Conservatives are really fighting for our farmers and crofters.”