The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition)
Support payments on way to Scots farmers
Farmers have started to receive their share of £40 million funding through the Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme.
NFU Scotland (NFUS) said some payments had already been made to the 7,000 farmers and crofters eligible for support, with the rest due in the coming weeks.
It said 2020 payment rates had been set at £100.72 per animal for mainland applicants, and £145.13 for island applicants. Claim numbers are up slightly at 382,674, compared with 378,617 in 2019, but NFUS said figures still show a reduction in claims over five years.
“These payments will aid farmers’ cash flow, providing a welcome boost to the rural economy while also helping to support farmers who are producing the quality meat products that Scotland is globally renowned for,” said NFUS livestock chairman, Jimmy Ireland.