Tavish presses Scottish Government on CAP payments for Shetland
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott today highlighted the uncertainty faced by many farmers and crofters across the islands as a result of delays with CAP payments.
Speaking in Parliament , Tavish noted that many crofters remain unaware how much money they can expect to receive. Agriculture Minister, Richard Lochhead, was unable to confirm how much money would be given to Shetland but said he would update banks providing vital assistance to crofters.
Commenting afterwards, Tavish said:
“I am very worried that the Agriculture Minister confirmed to Parliament this afternoon that less than half of Shetland crofters have received their basic payments. The government promised that a majority of crofters would have been paid by the end of January. That sadly has not happened.
“The Agriculture Minister confirmed to me that crofters facing real financial hardship caused by the absence of any CAP payment, can ask for help from the Lerwick department office. I would urge crofters in Shetland who need that help to get in touch as soon as possible. I would be happy to take individual crofting cases directly to the Agriculture Minister.”