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”.