Two organisations in Orkney are receiving a welcome financial boost from the Scottish Land Fund which is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the National Lottery Community Fund and […]
“This new animal health and welfare payment is one of the first steps in this process and will reward farmers who take an active role in improving the health and welfare of the animals they keep.” – Rural Affairs Secretary in the Scottish Government Mairi Gougeon
“This new funding displays our commitment to enact our National Islands Plan across all six island authorities in Scotland in order to tackle island depopulation, boost local economies and bolster tourism.” Mairi Gougeon
“NFUS urges Scottish cattle keepers to remain aware that the greatest risk of introducing TB into Scotland is from cattle movements, and to continue to ensure their sourcing policies will minimise the risk to their own holding and the national herd.” Alasdair Macnab
“We must do all we can to attract and retain people in our crofting communities, particularly young families. That’s why we are committed to continuing and improving this vital support.” Mairi Gougeon Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands in the Scottish Government
7,670 tonnes of farmed salmon were exported from Orkney in 2022, 11% of the Scotland-wide share.
Under the scheme, farmers and crofters who rear cattle and sheep will be able to claim a £250 payment for veterinary health and welfare interventions from this summer.
The 2023 Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) application round will open for applications on 30 January 2023.
The farmers were joined by the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Mairi Gougeon MSP and about 40 MSPs including Orkney Constituency LibDem MSP Liam McArthur.
“The new nursery will support families from both mainland Orkney and the outer isles, as well as providing opportunities for Childhood Practice Students from Orkney College.” – Mairi Gougeon