Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, has welcomed the announcement that the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) fund will be retained until 2024 thanks to lobbying by NFU Scotland.
The Scottish Government has confirmed that the fund will return to its 2018 level of £65 million and guaranteed the retention of this crucial scheme from 2021 to 2024. The announcement will mean more than 9,000 eligible farmers and crofters, including many in Orkney, will be supported through to 2024.
Responding to the news, Mr McArthur said:
"I warmly welcome this news and congratulate NFU Scotland on successfully making the case for the retention of this crucial scheme.
"LFASS has been crucial over the years to farmers and crofters in Scotland's rural and island communities, including here in Orkney. Given the significant uncertainty for the sector at present, this announcement could not be more timely.
"While the farming community await decisions from the Scottish Government about the future of post-Brexit agricultural policy and financial support, this news will offer some much-needed stability and allow plans and investment to be made."