Farm­ers to get share of £7m

The Galloway News - - FARMING REVIEW -

Around 1,118 up­land sheep farm­ers will ben­e­fit from pay­ments worth around £7 mil­lion in the com­ing weeks.

The Scot­tish Up­land Sheep Sup­port Scheme sup­ports sheep pro­duc­tion on the poor­est qual­ity land.

Pro­duc­ers must have home­bred ewe hoggs, no more than 200 hectares of Pay­ment Re­gion 1 land and 80 per cent of their hold­ing must con­sist of land in Pay­ment Re­gion 3.

Ru­ral Econ­omy sec­re­tary Fer­gus Ewing said: “Main­tain­ing flocks of sheep on some of our poor­est land brings im­por­tant so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits to those ar­eas, which is why I can con­firm that the first tranche of 2018 Scot­tish Up­land Sheep Sup­port Scheme pay­ments is due to be­gin shortly.

“With pay­ments set at £68 per an­i­mal, farm­ers and crofters will see a wel­come in­crease of just over £5 from the 2017 rate.

“As the only part of the UK to pro­vide cou­pled sup­port for sheep and beef farm­ers, these timely pay­ments will pro­vide a boost to the ru­ral econ­omy while help­ing to sup­port our farm­ers who are pro­duc­ing the qual­ity meat prod­ucts that Scotland is glob­ally renowned for.

“With fur­ther pay­ments be­ing made in the com­ing weeks, I am con­fi­dent that the ma­jor­ity of awards will be made by the end of the pay­ment win­dow, demon­strat­ing my ab­so­lute com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing our farm­ers, crofters and the wider ru­ral econ­omy.”

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