Monday, 6 February 2012


Highlands & Islands MSP Mike MacKenzie has joined with colleagues in urging constituents across the Highlands and Islands to take part in the consultation process that was launched at the weekend to suggest reform in the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Welcoming this initiative Mike MacKenzie said,

"There are few topics that raise more concerns across the agricultural and food supply industries in the Highlands and Islands than the application of the Common Agricultural Policy. Many of those criticisms are based upon the considerable anomalies that presently occur and these are caused by a failure on the part of past representation of specifically Scottish interests in the councils of the EU. There is no doubt that we require a fairer and more flexible system that directs support where it is most needed allowing producers to continue producing quality food and the efficient management of our landscape.

The current consultation follows a series of road shows which gave information of the proposed reforms. The consultation is the next step in this process and participation is vitally important. An online facility is there for those who prefer that option. I would urge all concerned parties to submit their views on this."

The consultation is available online at

and direct links are at

Paper copies of the consultation documents are available. Call 0300 244 9254.