Farmers warned of aid deadline

Nigel Miller
Nigel Miller

Scottish farmers and crofters are being reminded they only have until this Friday (July 5) to apply for winter weather aid.

NFU Scotland is encouraging farmers and crofters to apply to the Scottish government’s weather aid scheme, worth £6m, if they endured stock or crop losses as a result of this year’s exceptionally intense and prolonged winter, including the spring snow storms.

Anyone keeping livestock can also claim a rebate if they used a fallen stock collection service – either through NFSCo operators or independent collectors – in March, April or May this year.

NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller said: “Farmers and crofters have less than a week left to apply for the Scottish government’s weather aid scheme.

“Millions of pounds have been stripped out of Scottish farming in the past year. Significant areas of crop have been lost and resown; both lamb and calf crops on many farms have crashed under extreme weather and nutritional pressures. This scheme is a safety net to inject some extra resources into businesses where losses must mean cash flow will not recover until at least 2014.

“In concert with business planning and positive support from banks, the Scottish government’s weather aid package is part of a strategy to stabilise Scottish farm businesses, a strategy which will support the wider rural economy. The scheme will only be of value, however, if money is transferred into hard-hit bank accounts.”