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Borders farmers 'frustrated' by CAP payment wait

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An MSP says farmers in the Borders continue to be frustrated as many are still waiting for CAP payments, eight months after they were due to receive them.

Support payments to farmers have faced delays in being paid due to problems with the Scottish Government’s new IT system for farm payments.

John Lamont says he received this clear message as he spoke to many local residents at the Border Union Show, where he also met with representatives from NFU Scotland, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Scottish Borders Business Forum.

Farmers in the Borders are due over £50 million in funding, which they usually receive in December and this delay is harming their businesses and other local businesses which rely on the agricultural sector.

With applications for next year due to open soon, there is real and justified concern that this problem is just going to get worse."

– John Lamont MSP


Countess of Wessex to attend 200th Border Union Show

Countess of Wessex will attend this year's Border Union Show. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Countess of Wessex will be at this year's Border Union show at Springwood Park in Kelso.

This year the show features more than 500 exhibitors and more than 2000 competitors have entered the various livestock categories. The event, due to start today, is 200 years old this year.


Full report: Preparations underway for 200th Border Union Show

Thousands are expected to visit the Scottish Borders later this week, for one of the largest agricultural shows in the region. The Border Union Show takes place this Friday and Saturday.

This year marks a significant anniversary, as it is 200 years since it all began.

Jenny Longden has been finding out how the bicentenary will be marked:

"Story of Wool" at Border Union Show

Caitlin Younger and Annie the sheep model an outfit designed for the Story of Wool showcase. Credit: ITV News Border

The story of wool, from shearing to wearing, will be showcased during this year's Border Union Show.

It is just one of several new attractions at the annual event to mark the 200th anniversary of the region's biggest agricultural show.

Live demonstrations and fashion shows will explain the process that wool goes through from the farm to the coat hanger.

Bumper entries expected for 200th show

Preparations are underway for the 200th Border Union Show Credit: ITV News Border

Bumper entries are expected to mark the 200th anniversary of the Border Union Show.

Competitors will be arriving from across the UK to take part in more than 500 open classes throughout the weekend.

Categories will include Horses, Ponies, Cattle, Sheep, Donkeys, Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Shepherds' Crooks, Horse Shoeing, Young Farmers Stock Judging and Industrial Arts.

As well as the large array of competitions, there will also be around 200 trade stands and numerous displays for visitors to enjoy.

Preparations underway for 200th Border Union Show

This year's Border Union Show will take place on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27. Credit: ITV News Border

Textiles and sheep will be showcased in the Borders this week for the 200th Border Union Show.

Nearly 3,000 animals have been entered into the biggest agricultural show in the region.

Traditionally the annual show is held on the last Friday and Saturday of July each year in Springwood Park on the outskirts of Kelso.

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