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Consultation Launched on Forthcoming Scottish Government Agriculture Bill

Groups sign agreement to spearhead new centre for Scotland’s farming future

Residents of Highland Perthshire are being urged to take part in a consultation on the Scottish Governments’ upcoming Agriculture Bill which is set to launch in 2023.

The consultation which is open until the 21st of November will cover a range of key themes including, high quality food production, ensuring a fair income for farmers, nature restoration and protecting biodiversity and protecting food and health quality.

Speaking on the consultation  Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “We are supporting our farmers, crofters and land managers to produce more high quality and sustainable food, as well as ensuring our food system is more resilient.

“The fact is that high quality food production is very much a part of meeting our net zero targets and dealing with the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

“We have ambitious targets and right across the agriculture sector we have the talent and skills to meet our aims.

“I would urge people from all walks of life to get involved and make their views known – these issues affect us all.”

The bill is the next stage in making Scotland a global leader in sustainable and regenerative agriculture as the Scottish Government look to reduce agriculture emissions by 31% by 2032.

The new Agriculture Bill aims to enable flexibility whilst ensuring that Scotland’s people are able to live and work sustainably on our land and this framework will deliver key outcomes:

  • high quality food production
  • climate mitigation and adaptation
  • nature restoration
  • wider rural development

The consultation is split into six parts, which reflect the proposals that the Scottish Government are considering for inclusion in the new bill. These parts are:

  1. Future Payment Framework
  2. Delivery of Key Outcomes
  3. Skills, Knowledge, Transfer and Innovation
  4. Administration, Control and Transparency of Payment Framework Date
  5. Modernising Agricultural Tenancies
  6. Scottish Agricultural Wades (Fair Work)

You can read the consultation paper by visiting https://www.gov.scot/publications/delivering-vision-scottish-agriculture-proposals-new-agriculture-bill/

To have your say in the consultation visit https://consult.gov.scot/agriculture-and-rural-economy/proposals-for-a-new-agriculture-bill/

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