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Helping farmers weather the storm

A range of measures are in place to help Scottish farmers who have been hit by 2012's adverse weather.

Mr Lochhead said the Scottish Government would do all it could to support those farmers who had been affected.

This will include writing to banks to update them on the timing of Single Farm Payments and asking them to provide maximum flexibility for those farmers whose payments are not made at the start of December.

Other measures in place include:

Increasing resources to pay Single Farm Payments as quickly as possible.A two month extension to invoice dates for 2012 Rural Priorities capital works to February 28.Flexibility from SEPA on rules regarding manure and slurry spreading in non Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs)Working with farmers in NVZs to reduce any penalties for failing to comply with slurry spreading rules


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