Tuesday, 20 November 2018 19:48


An SNP MSP has called on the UK Government to provide urgent details of post-Brexit support for Scottish crofters, following news from the Scottish Crofting Federation that 31% in the industry are ‘despondent’ about the future and a further 55% ‘uncertain’.

The survey also found that Brexit, and the knock-on effect on prices and support payments, is impacting livestock numbers with the majority of sheep and cattle producers reducing their stock numbers – a trend the Crofting Federation has said is set to continue.
The UK Farming Minister, Michael Gove, has previously only committed to EU matched funding support for the industry until the end of 2022.
The National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) supports the SNP’s position that all decisions affecting agriculture in Scotland should be taken in Scotland.
SNP MSP Gail Ross said:
“This latest survey is yet more evidence of the cloud of uncertainty that hangs above Scotland’s rural industries.
“The Tories have promised Scotland’s crofters they will not lose out on subsidies post-Brexit, but are yet to provide any detail whatsoever on how this will be achieved.
“Thanks to the Tory power grab on Scotland’s devolved powers, many in the industry now fear the UK Government are gearing up to abandon rural Scotland - leaving our crofters in the lurch.
“It’s time Michael Gove and his Tory colleagues put forward a detailed plan on the future of funding for Scotland’s agricultural industry, reassuring crofters the plug won’t be pulled on vital support in the coming years.”
“The Tories must put their bitter civil war to one side and focus on limiting damage to rural Scotland.”

'Crofters wary about the future'

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