The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on a new framework for agricultural support payments, by calling for details on how the Scottish Government is going to use its powers and by demanding support for small scale agriculture.
“Over the years, many groups, such as the Farmer Led Climate Change Groups and the Farming and Food Production Future Policy Group, put considerable time and effort into drafting detailed recommendations”, said Donald MacKinnon, chair of the SCF. “We were, therefore, disappointed that more than six years after the decision to leave the EU, this consultation only raises very vague and often leading questions as to the powers that are necessary to provide agricultural support. A concrete plan of action is now required from the Scottish Government to ensure that crofters’ views and concerns are taken into account in the actual design and implementation of measures in support of the suggested outcomes”. Read more here.