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Crofters say Government are playing fast and loose with facts

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) says Scottish Government officials seem to be "playing fast and loose with the facts" as they try to defend controversial plans to scrap crofting specific support measures.

As part of its review of the Scottish Rural Development Programme the Scottish Government has proposed scrapping the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants Scheme (CCAGS) and replacing it with a scheme which is open to crofters and smallholders from all over Scotland.

The SCF has objected to the plan and is now questioning the integrity of the Government's defence of the proposal.

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“Hands off the Crofters’ Scheme” says the Crofting Federation

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) is calling on crofters to defend their right to a croft-only agricultural support scheme under the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP), which is out for consultation.

A director of the crofting Federation, Iain Keith, said “the SRDP is now under the stage 2 consultation – this means these are the final proposals. In it the Scottish Government is suggesting that the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grant Scheme, known as CCAGS, is to be opened up to all small farms and holdings in Scotland. It is outrageous! The budget will be swallowed up in no time by the horse paddocks of Eastern Scotland”.

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Crofters warned to speak up or get shafted

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) is warning all crofters to respond to the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) consultations or risk being cheated of what is rightfully theirs.

“Crofters need to wake up to what is being suggested in the consultations” Norman Leask, SCF’s ‘Man in Brussels’ cautioned. “The objective in the European Commission has been to provide more support to small producers right from the outset of these protracted negotiations but gradually the large farmers’ representatives have eroded this intention. In Scotland it is the same. We were led to believe that crofters, small producers existing in the harshest and most fragile areas of the Highlands and Islands, were to get real and equitable support at last. But in the short time between the first consultations and this second stage, the large farmers’ representatives have stepped up lobbying pressure in the desperate attempt to keep the money, and the Scottish Government seems to be bowing to this. If crofters don’t speak up and respond to the consultations, they will get shafted.”

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