NFU Scotland has highlighted the following issues in its submission
to the Committee of Inquiry into Crofting:
- It is essential that the principal use of crofts should continue to be agricultural;
- Agriculture generates significant amounts of spending within rural communities and it is therefore vital that this link with crofting is retained;
- With many differences between crofting counties, not all issues may be addressed by a single solution and it is appropriate to have different solutions in different parts of the country.
The Committee of Inquiry, which was established in April this
year, is tasked with developing a vision for Scotland’s crofting
future, taking into account how to sustain and enhance the population,
improve economic vitality, safeguard landscape and biodiversity
and sustain cultural diversity. The Committee have said it is vital
that they hear from as many people as possible who have an interest
in crofting, either as crofters or as members of the local community.
In the light of their conclusions, the Committee will be invited to
identify administrative and/or legislative changes needed to secure a
healthy outlook for crofting.
NFUS Crofting and Highland and Island Committee Chairwoman, Jo Durno
“It is so important that our crofter members have been given the
opportunity to inform the Committee's conclusions on the current state
of crofting and the potential for its sustainability in the future.
“I look forward to publication of the draft proposals in the autumn
and the next stage of the consultation.”
First Milk Cheese Price Rise an Important Step
Supply Chain Fails to Heed Warnings Over Milk Supplies
Tenant Farming Forum Leads Way for Tenanted Sector