Crofter members boost for NFU Scotland

The union's crofter membership has increased by 10% in the past year.

NFU Scotland has hailed a 10% increase in its crofter membership in the past year.

The farming union said 64 crofters had become members of the organisation in the past year, bringing its total crofting membership to 797.

Union vice-president and Aberfeldy farmer Martin Kennedy said that 2017 had been an “unprecedented year of activity around crofting” for the union, with crofting members consulted twice on crofting law reform proposals.

He said the union had opted to support option four in its response to the consultation on the reform proposals – to create new crofting law in a new Bill – but with the caveat that fundamental crofters’ rights were protected and elements of existing crofting legislation were used to formulate any new law.

Mr Kennedy said the union would also continue lobbying government to produce its promised national development plan for crofting, and for changes to be introduced to the Crofting and Agricultural Grants Scheme (CAGS).

“We will be urging Scottish Government to ensure that CAGS is accessible to all crofters and that grant is paid out quickly,” he said.