Farmers and landowners say they have been left frustrated by the Scottish Government’s plans to reduce the country’s carbon output.

The government said last month it was scrapping its annual and 2030 targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Instead, it outlined a range of measures for farming and landowners to improve Scotland’s environment.

The Scottish Government says the agricultural sector is responsible for nearly 20% of Scotland’s total emissions.

Many farmers are sceptical about the plans.

A pilot trialling methane-supressing supplements – or food additives aimed at reducing the amount of greenhouse gases produced by cows – is one of the plans being brought forward.

Farmers say more research is needed before methane-suppressing supplements are routinely used on their cows and that the practicalities, such as how often they need to be fed throughout the day, must be considered.

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