Farmers must continue to receive Government support to remain viable food producers, SNP MEP Alyn Smith has said. However, he acknowledges that this will be a challenge if it is left to Westminster to decide.

“The future of farming will be challenging, but I’m optimistic that long-term agriculture in Scotland is viable,” he told Farmers Journal Scotland in Brussels this week. “A proper farm support system featuring direct payments to farmers will be an important element of this.”