Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart is supporting calls from NFU Scotland for the continuation of support schemes that provide vital income for crofters and farmers in island and remote rural areas.
NFU Scotland has launched a new policy document, ‘Less Favoured Areas - Delivering for Scotland,’ which highlights the value generated by crofters and farmers in less favoured areas, like the islands, and proposes changes to the schemes that would better target support.
NFU Scotland is calling on the Scottish Government to fully reinstate LFASS payments to 100% of 2018 rates and retain the scheme with a £65 million budget until at least 2024.
Ms Wishart said:
“I agree with NFU Scotland that Less Favoured Areas, like Shetland, are the backbone of Scotland’s livestock sector and that crofting and farming brings huge economic, social and environmental benefits to island and remote communities.
“The Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme brings £65 million annually to rural economies. Crofters and farmers need to be able to make long-term plans for their businesses so it is vital that funding is maintained to help support the sector, especially in a time of such uncertainty.”