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Advance payment scheme could be a life-saver says Crofting Federation

Monday, August 13, 2018

A Scottish Government advance payment scheme to help cash-flow for crofters and farmers affected by adverse weather conditions is welcomed by the Scottish Crofting Federation.

“The National Basic Payment Support Scheme announced by Scottish Government could help some croft businesses that have been hit by the weather extremes and consequent high feed prices” said Patrick Krause, chief executive of the Scottish Crofting Federation. “Realistically, some crofters are worrying about how they will survive in the coming months with the knock-on from a protracted winter then lack of grass due to drought.” Read more here…..

Scottish Crofting Federation welcomes HIE and Crofting Commission collaboration promise

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Following HIE and the Crofting Commission’s announcement at the Black Isle Show that they aim to work collaboratively to further support crofting, SCF chair Russell Smith commented: “The Scottish Crofting Federation welcomes all support for crofting as it can only benefit our members. Since the crofting development role was transferred to HIE from the Crofting Commission, support has been concentrated on community development rather than purely on crofting matters.

“This move may herald more focus on crofting, which provides the bedrock for many communities in the north and west. Without crofting there might not be a community at all in some places, as population drifts away to the towns. As Mr Ewing says, ‘a successful crofting sector helps our rural communities to thrive’. Read more here…..