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£65m for farmers and crofters in remote and marginalised areas


By Niall Harkiss

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Rural Affairs secretary Mairi Gougeon says she is committed to supporting farmers and crofters.
Rural Affairs secretary Mairi Gougeon says she is committed to supporting farmers and crofters.

Farmers and crofters in Strathspey and Badenoch facing natural or other specific constraints will start to receive their share of more than £65 million shortly, with £47 million paid into bank accounts next week.

Payment rates have also been restored to 100% ensuring that Scottish farmers will get an income boost at a challenging time of the year and when they, like others, are seeing costs for goods and services rise.

More than 9,000 eligible farmers and crofters in some of Scotland’s most remote and marginalised areas will receive the payments through the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) 2021.

Rural Affairs secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “Farmers and crofters continue to ensure that the nation is fed, even in the challenging times we’ve experienced over the past few years between the pandemic and issues caused by Brexit. It’s important that we can continue to give them security by providing them with the cash flow they need to continue operating and this funding will help us do that.

“We’re committed to supporting them for all the hard work they do and I’m pleased to say we’ve brought the LFASS rate back up to 100% and that these payments will start to reach farmers and crofters from next week.”


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