Agriculture: support payments achieve their objectives according to Mairi Gourgeon

Minister Mairi Gougeon

Commenting on the rapid delivery of agricultural support, Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said the global pandemic and the impact of the illegal invasion of Ukraine had highlighted the importance of food chains and security. eating :

“These events also demonstrated how hard the agricultural sector works to put high quality, nutritious food on our plates.

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Payments totaling more than £417 million have been made to more than 17,484 businesses, Gougeon said: “In addition, £40 million has been paid to almost 6,500 businesses through the support scheme. Scottish suckler beef, while a further £7m was paid. been issued through the Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme.

She said that, including payments to land-based rural development schemes of £100.4million, £564.7million had been paid in total.

“These payments provide support to our crofters and farmers, as well as the rural economy as a whole.”

A spokesperson said advance payments for this year’s claims would begin, subject to permission being given by the Scottish Parliament, the week of September 19, 2022.

* Meanwhile, a new report released yesterday called for a complete rethink of agricultural support measures – with a focus on improving soil health, biodiversity and climate mitigation measures that would help ensure viable UK food production and to strengthen the necessary adaptation to global warming.

The paper “Rethink Food: The Need for Change” produced by the Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN) argues that the food system fragilities exposed by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine have been present for a long time.

He claims that the earth’s overall productive capacity will decline due to climate change, increasing supply and demand pressures and the prioritization of on-farm adaptation through systems. respectful of nature.

The report endorses food system change in seven areas, including prioritizing the right outcomes in the right areas, harnessing opportunities to produce a greater diversity of foods, and improving the link between food strategies. food, agriculture, trade and land use.

“Right now, we are experiencing the repercussions of post-World War II land-use decisions, which supported agricultural practices that paid little attention to environmental concerns, to the detriment of biodiversity, which declined rapidly and relentless,” said the organization’s UK chairman, Martin Lines.

He said the current food system is powered by fossil fuels and dominated by calorie-dense, nutrient-poor products:

“We have reached a fork in the road where we have to ask ourselves what we are producing now, how we are producing it and if the answer is the same.”

He said the report highlighted the fact that there needs to be a bold reimagining of how healthy food grown in nature-friendly systems could reach more tables.

“Without the extensive and widespread adoption of nature-friendly agriculture, where diversity spans the landscapes of our farms, we risk a future with greater instability,” Lines said, “Producing nutritious food abundant without a biodiverse and fertile natural environment will be impossible.”

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