£15m is to be made available to hill farmers in Scotland over the next 2 years through LFASS.
The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead, addressed the Scottish Parliament this afternoon and stated that this would mean an extra £1,300 for average sheep producers in the Highlands or £1,600 for a beef producer in Orkney. A revised LFASS scheme will be introduced next year which will see a further increase in payment rates – a total rise of 38% compared with 2009.
This is more like it! I approve of the link to active farmers in vulnerable areas. This is where the funding is needed. The NFUS approve. See the NFUS press release and The Scotsman's article for more details.