Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has highlighted new statistics that highlight Scotland’s farming sector continuing to struggle under the SNP.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP says the Scottish Agricultural Survey shows in many areas where the farming industry is being hit hard.
The survey show that numbers of some livestock continue to decrease and Less Favoured Area rents continue to rise.
While winter-planted crops increased over the past year, last year’s dry weather resulted in slight drops in grass silage/haylage production.
This drop in hay production has led to some farmers reporting a shortage of animal feed and increasing costs.
Mr Carson is now calling on the SNP to follow the Scottish Conservatives lead, after his party produced a policy paper outlining a vision for future farming support.
Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “The figures in the Scottish Agricultural Survey are deeply disappointing and show we must do more to grow our farming industry.
“With increasing rents on Less Favourable land and increasing feed costs, there are many challenges facing our farmers.
“It is clear the SNP must lay out their vision for the long-term future of the farming sector.
“The Scottish Conservatives have laid out our vision in a policy document which provides clear and simple support for our farmers, which can help create a positive future for the industry.”