Tractor in the outer Isles


Crofters welcome delegation representing flood hit region of Pakistan

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) recently welcomed a delegation representing a Highland area of Pakistan whose people are rebuilding their lives after suffering from the devastating floods and political violence in recent years.

In summer 2010 the Swat Valley, a region in northern Pakistan whose climate and environment has been likened to that of Switzerland and which had been one of the most popular tourist locations in Pakistan, was devastated by floods unprecedented in the history of Pakistan. This killed many hundreds of people and destroyed thousands of homes. Prior to this the Taliban established power in the valley, enforcing Sharia law. When the Pakistani army entered the area more than 2 million people fled their homes to avoid the fighting.


SCF Warns Government that RET Proposals Could Lead to an Economic Landslide in the Western Isles

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Scottish Crofting Federation is warning the Government to urgently rethink plans to scrap Road Equivalent Tariff for commercial vehicles travelling to the Western Isles or risk an economic landslide sweeping through the islands.

The Government is proposing that commercial vehicles should be removed from the RET scheme - which hauliers claim will increase their ferry fares by, in some cases, up to 150 per cent. However, large leisure vehicles, such as tour buses and camper vans, are to continue to receive the discount.


SCF Criticises Lack of Information on Crofting Elections

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Scottish Crofting Federation has expressed disappointment at the lack of official information provided for candidates who are seeking election to the new Crofting Commission.

SCF Chair Derek Flyn said that late last year the SCF had been given assurances by a Crofters Commission representative that, before the deadline for nominations closed, a series of meetings would be held throughout the crofting counties at which information for potential candidates would be discussed.


West Coast Landslip Emphasises Need For Skye and Lochalsh Abattoir, Says SCF

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The landslip which has blocked the A890 road at Stromeferry for almost a month emphasises the need for an abattoir in Skye and Lochalsh, says the Scottish Crofting Federation.

The SCF maintains that closure of the A890 exacerbates the difficulties facing west coast crofters and farmers who currently have to take their animals to Dingwall for slaughter.



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Eleanor Arthur has had to resign from the board of SCF for health reasons. She needs rest to recuperate and we wish her well in her recovery.

Derek Flyn will take over as chair for the interim to our AGM in June.


Crofters to mark the death of pioneering agricultural scientist Erna Bennett

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Erna Bennett, an Irish scientist whose pioneering work on agricultural biodiversity has contributed to raising awareness of the importance of conserving crofting seed varieties, died earlier this month at the age of 86.

Although she began her career as a genetic scientist, Erna Bennett’s work led her to become an outspoken advocate of the rights of farmers to maintain traditional seed varieties.



Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Anyone intending to be a candidate in the election to the new Crofting Commission must be nominated before the end of this month and the Scottish Crofting Federation is encouraging crofters to consider standing for the new body.

Until this year all members of the existing Crofters Commission have been appointed by Government. However, the new body, which takes up its responsibilities in April, will for the first time have representatives who have been elected by crofters themselves.