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The Scottish Crofting Federation has received an assurance from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing that he is committed to maintaining Less Favoured Area Support at 80 per cent of the 2018 funding level for the next financial years 2019 and 2020.
‘Less Favoured Area payments are vital for those of us in the Highlands and Islands who face natural constraints,’ said Russell Smith, chairman of the Scottish Crofting Federation, ‘so the prospect of this support being cut to 80 per cent in 2019 and then to only 40 per cent in 2020 was unthinkable.’