Pack Inquiry gets positive response

Scottish food and farming leaders have given a broad welcome to the Pack Inquiry report into how future support for agriculture in Scotland can be funded.

The report concluded that Scottish agriculture has a bright future and strongly argued for continuing public financial support as it "delivers against Scottish society's needs". The inquiry's remit was to recommend to the Scottish Government how financial support to agriculture and rural development can best be tailored to deliver sustainable economic growth.

Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers president Alan Craig, said: "We support the majority of the report, which contains abundant evidence of subsidy being targeted at livestock production activity. But our association is concerned at the proposed removal of the calf-based payment for those farming non-LFA (Less Favoured Area) land home to 18% of the country's suckler cows and 41% of all finished cattle. These areas have many highly efficient and progressive cattle breeders and finishers whose specialist skills in the production of quality Scotch meat may be put at risk by this proposal."