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Crofters Support Potential LFA Changes

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Scottish Crofting Foundation (SCF), the only member-led organisation dedicated to promoting crofting, welcomes the decision of the European Commission to review and change the Less Favoured Areas classifications.
SCF Chairman Neil Macleod said “Support to areas with natural handicaps is vital to the future delivery of public goods by crofters and other producers in Scotland’s mountains and islands. It is vital that any reform is workable. We have some concerns that the criteria proposed relate mainly to conditions which pose difficulties for the growing of crops and that things like exposure, which cause problems for livestock, might not be properly covered. However, this exercise enables as many of these concerns as possible to be addressed before legislation is brought forward”.

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Crofters Applaud Peasant Protest

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Scottish Crofting Foundation (SCF), the only member-led organisation dedicated to promoting crofting, pledged their support to Via Campesina, the world peasants’ movement, today the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle.

SCF Parliamentary spokesman Norman Leask said “The struggle for the rights of the small-scale food producers, or peasants, is something going on all around the world and is something everyone should be concerned about. Crofters are part of this struggle, striving to get a fair deal for their efforts and way of life. Peasants throughout the world are the backbone of rural economies and communities and today is their day.”

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