Local MSP Rhoda Grant, Labour, has claimed that the assessment of who is to be eligible has been rushed.
The initial £80 million will be distributed to support active farming, with a focus on those who farm in marginal uplands, hill farms and island areas.
“we are directly investing more than £327 million into the rural economy at the increased rate of 95%”
The long awaited Bews Report on the future funding of agriculture has been published. It recommends an extra €60 million (£51.4m) over the next two years for farmers.
“I would encourage all eligible farmers, crofters and land managers to accept this offer to enable us to get your payment out to you as soon as possible.”
The Scottish Government has announced a working group on farming and food production.
“You are welcome here, you contribute to this country’s diversity and prosperity, and we will do everything we can to help you stay in Scotland.”
“We are working hard to provide as much certainty to support farmers and crofters as we can. This money will provide a welcome cash injection to businesses and the wider rural economy. “
“I can confirm that the first tranche of 2018 Basic Payment, Greening and Young Farmer payments has now begun.”
“A no deal Brexit is by far the biggest threat to farming and to our successful food and drink sector.”
Fergus Ewing, the Rural Economy Secretary in the Scottish Government, has called on the UK Government to financially compensate Scottish farmers who will be hit extremely hard if there is a No Deal Brexit.