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Crucial farm reforms explained

The public will get the chance to find out about vital European proposals to reform the Common Agricultural Policy at a series of meetings across Scotland.

Senior Scottish Government officials will chair the road shows which start on December 6 in Perth and take in thirteen venues from Shetland and Skye to Lanark and Lauder.

After officials have outlined the European Commission proposals, and their likely impact on Scotland, there will be a question and answer session.

Although meetings are being held around the country, to allow as many people as possible to attend, a podcast will also be available for those who are unable to attend a road show.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

"We're determined to get a fair deal for Scotland's farmers in the current CAP reform negotiations. The formal negotiations have begun in earnest and the Scottish Government is working hard to ensure that Scotland's voice is heard - both in Brussels and Westminster.

"But it's also vital that Scottish farmers are kept informed about the progress of the negotiations and have the opportunity to air their views. After all, it's their livelihoods that will be directly affected.

"That's why I have outlined a five-point engagement plan for stakeholders and these public meetings are a key part of this process. I hope as many people as possible will take this opportunity to find out about what CAP reform might mean for them. I hope to be able to attend some of the meetings to hear people's views."

Farmers throughout Scotland will also receive a letter from Mr Lochhead shortly giving further details about the CAP reform proposals.

The meetings, which all start at 7.30pm, will take place on:

December 6 - Dewar Centre, Perth

December 7 - Thainstone Exchange, Inverurie

December 12 - Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries

December 12 - Carfrae Mill, Lauder

January 9 - Caberfeidh Hotel, Stornoway

January 10 - Lerwick Museum, Lerwick

January 11 - Albert Hotel, Kirkwall

January 17 - Thistle Hotel, Inverness

January 18 - Camanachd Shinty Club, Portree

January 18 - Park Hotel, Thurso

January 30 - Lanark Mart, Lanark

January 31 - Western Hotel, Ayr

February 1 - Corran Halls, Oban

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