Scottish Liberal Democrats have today said farmers are despairing after revealing that 492 farming and crofting businesses are still waiting to receive CAP funding from the 2017 funding round.
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott voiced his frustration that 30 crofters and farmers across the islands are among those still waiting.
Mr Scott said:
“Crofters and farmers rely on this funding to plan ahead. It is wrong that 30 businesses across Shetland are still waiting to receive the money they are entitled to.
“The Government has no excuse but to ensure that this ridiculous situation is resolved quickly and that no business is left struggling. The Government spent £178 million on a computer system to make agriculture payments to 14,000 businesses. And it does not work. That is an unacceptable waste of public money.