Young crofters struggle to get started due to land prices and lack of finance

The Scottish Crofting Federation Young Crofters say that the lack of access to land and finance affect them too, in the wake of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) report ‘Future for Young Farmers’.

“Lack of access to land and finance are seriously handicapping the future of crofting”, Donald MacKinnon, a young crofter and director of the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF), said. “It is very good that RBS have carried out such a large survey and produced a report highlighting how difficult it is for young farmers to get hold of land or finance. It is the same in crofting with young folk who wish to croft being kept out by existing unworked crofts being sat on, potential land for new crofts not being identified and borrowing money on croft land being almost impossible.”

The report from the Royal Bank of Scotland – Harvesting the Future for Young Farmers identified three key challenges: Read more …

Article by SCF

1 February 2017

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