SLE and farming stakeholders brief MSPs on Less Favoured Area Support Scheme payments

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The importance of Less Favoured Area (LFA) support for rural communities has been highlighted by a briefing issued to MSPs by farming organisations this week.

Scottish Land & Estates - alongside NFU Scotland, the Scottish Beef Association, National Sheep Association Scotland, the Scottish Tenant Farmers’ Association and the Scottish Crofting Federation – have jointly written to politicians at Holyrood to highlight the serious implications that any future cut in payments will have on Scottish agriculture and the wider rural economy.

The briefing to MSPs can be read here.

David Johnstone, chairman of SLE, said: “It is imperative that the future of support for upland farming in Scotland is clarified as soon as possible.

“We are pleased to have written to MSPs in coalition with organisations from across the industry to highlight how important the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) is. This is an issue which not only affects the businesses directly receiving the payments but could have a huge knock-on impact on the rural communities in which they are based.

“If financial support for upland farming is to be altered in the long-term then this must be properly considered with payment levels maintained in the short-term.”