CALL FOR INFORMATION TO GET BULL SCHEME DEBATE UNDERWAY
The Scottish Crofting Foundation has written to the Crofters Commission asking for information on the options for the future of the bull hire scheme.
Speaking at the SCF Annual Gathering in Dingwall last month Crofting Minister Mike Russell, stopped short of committing his government to a revitalised scheme in the longer term.
Instead, he proposed a three-pronged approach. Firstly he tasked the Crofters Commission to formally appraise the investment required in the existing stud farms. Secondly he charged the Shucksmith Inquiry with considering whether such a scheme is the best way of achieving the government’s vision for crofting. Thirdly and in keeping with the overall theme of his speech to the conference – government supporting communities to deliver on their own priorities – he asked the crofting community to consider how the money could be best spent to support crofting?