Following last week’s announcement of £6M to help those farmers worst affected by recent bad weather, Douglas McAdam, Chief Executive, has this week been involved in discussions about how to distribute the funding.
Chief Agricultural Officer Drew Sloan chaired the meeting and said:
“We had a productive meeting and agreed it was vital that we ensured the £6 million announced by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead is allocated fairly and as soon as practical to those farmers who need it most. This will clearly include those farmers who have seen such devastating livestock losses in the recent snowstorms and also those affected by the prolonged and severe wet weather of last year. The group discussed proposals to raise the amount of money available to the fallen stock fund. Ways of identifying those farmers who have been hardest hit were also discussed. The group has agreed initial proposals which will now be submitted to the Cabinet Secretary for approval, with a view to implementing the scheme as soon as possible.”
Douglas McAdam, Scottish Land & Estates Chief Executive, said:
“This is clearly a difficult time for many and Scottish Land & Estates is keen to do what it can to help. During the recent snows we were instrumental in making specialist off road vehicles available for Arran and other areas severely affected at short notice. We have also heard from many members who are taking actions to support their tenant farmers and other commercial tenants who have been affected by the weather. I was pleased to be involved in this week’s meeting and hope that we can get support to where it is needed quickly and in a manner that is fair and transparent”.