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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