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Ewing and Gove to give evidence on Scottish farming's future

By Gavin Musgrove

Strathspey MSP Fergus Ewing and UK Minister Michael Gove will be quizzed next week on the future of the Scottish agriculture.

Mr Ewing, Secretary for the Rural Economy, and Mr Gove, the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will both give evidence at the final session of the Scottish Affairs Committee’s inquiry into the future of the sector on Tuesday.

The committee has been examining the implications of leaving the European Union for Scottish agriculture.

Fergus Ewing will give evidence to the committee on Tuesday.
Fergus Ewing will give evidence to the committee on Tuesday.

After Brexit, the UK will cease to be bound by the rules of the Common Agricultural Policy, and a new UK wide framework agreement will need to be created to manage agricultural policy in the UK and the devolved nations.

A committee spokesperson said: "Committee members have been exploring issues such as the consequences of agriculture powers returning from Brussels; the implications of the Agriculture Bill not giving powers to the Scottish government; shortages of agricultural workers in Scotland and the role science and technology can play in making farms more innovative.

"Following evidence sessions with academics with expertise in agriculture, farmers and growers, environmental groups and the operators of the government’s agricultural seasonal workers pilot scheme, the committee will now question UK and Scottish ministers on the evidence that has been gathered. "Topics likely to be covered include future financial support for Scottish farmers and crofters, the relationship between UK and Scottish agricultural policy after Brexit and how innovative technology can be used to accelerate the future potential of Scottish agriculture."

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