Crofting Minister Fergus Ewing today accepted the need for crofting regulation to help not hinder Shetland’s 1000 crofters. Shetland MSP Tavish Scott questioned the Minister after a parliamentary statement announcing Rod Mackenzie from Easter Ross as the new chairman of the Crofting Commission.
Tavish Scott and Orkney MSP Liam McArthur conducted a survey of active crofters in the Northern Isles. The most significant request by crofters was for an end to one-size-fits-all crofting regulation.
Today in the Scottish Parliament, Tavish Scott asked for crofting law and regulation to be made right for individual crofting areas such as Shetland. He also asked the Minister to allow whole croft decrofting which again, many Shetland crofters have been asking for.
Speaking after the statement Tavish Scott said,
“The Minister agreed that regulation must move away from one size fits all and respect the needs of Shetland and other crofting counties. That is good news and will be a welcome development when it comes about. Fergus Ewing also said he would speed up the process of whole croft decrofting which again would be a step forward.
“Above all, crofting needs a Commission who put crofters and their future first and the law and endless fights over legal interpretations second. If this statement heralds a new start for the Commission it will be a good thing for agriculture in Shetland.”