NFU Scotland has issued a desperate plea to the Scottish Government to plug the critical funding gap faced by farmers and crofters in Scotland’s less favoured areas. Unless the Scottish Government comes forward with plans as promised, the Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme (LFASS) £65m budget will fall by 20% in 2019, before a further 60% slice is taken in 2020.

Industry fears over the dramatic reduction in scheme support were temporarily allayed when the Scottish Government stated in January their intention to “effectively reinstate funding levels to 100% of LFASS”.