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Hill farmers and crofters will be offered a nationally-funded loan for Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) 2017.

Eligible producers will be offered a loan of up to 90% of their LFASS entitlement, with payments beginning in April.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “I understand how important LFASS payments are to farmers and crofters in our most remote and marginalised areas, and that is why, we are again making available LFASS loans.”

He said the Scottish Government is “making good progress” in handling of LFASS2017 scheme payments and is “on track” to commence payments earlier than in previous years.

He added: “I want to reassure farmers and crofters that this loan offer does not take away funding from any public services. It is theirs and they should have it.”


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11 February 2018