The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) met with Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary with remit for crofting, yesterday to discuss the big issues in crofting: what an EU divorce means for crofting and resolution of the Crofting Commission crisis.
“The impending divorce from the EU is causing a great deal of anxiety for most of Scotland”, Chair of SCF, Fiona Mandeville, said, “and no less for crofters. What will it mean for the CAP and subsequent support for crofting?
“We had a very positive meeting with Mr Ewing yesterday to discuss this. We accept that it is impossible to know exactly how things will pan out, but were left feeling reassured that the Scottish Government’s commitment to crofting is intact. SCF is keen that all agriculture policy decisions are taken by the Scottish Government should the separation from Europe go through. This seems to us the only way to obtain proper recognition and support for crofting within a system designed by Scottish agriculture for Scottish agriculture.