NFU Scotland welcomed the formal approval of the Crofting Reform
(Scotland) Bill last week and is now encouraging crofters to engage
with the Scottish Parliament’s Committee of Inquiry on Crofting
to ensure that crofting communities are adequately represented.
The work of the Committee of Inquiry on Crofting, which is chaired by Professor
Mark Shucksmith, is expected to culminate with a report to Ministers at
the end of 2007. The aim of the committee is to fully engage with crofting
communities in the crofting counties and other areas of Scotland where crofting
has a role to play.
During the inquiry the Committee will identify and report on the features
of crofting that distinguish it from other land tenure systems with the
end objective of sustaining and enhancing the population, improving economic
viability, safeguarding landscape and biodiversity, and sustaining cultural
diversity across rural Scotland as a whole.
John Kinnaird, NFU Scotland President, said:
“What the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill has done is to keep crofting
in the public arena and alert people to its needs, which is essential. What
is now absolutely crucial is to ensure that all those involved work towards
the objective of ensuring that crofting is sustainable in the long term.
“I therefore encourage all crofters to engage with the Committee
of Inquiry to ensure that the views of those most affected are heard.”
· Those wishing to put their views forward to the Committee
of Inquiry can email COICrofting@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
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