The latest tranche of Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) payments will be delivered to farmers and crofters next week.
Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon yesterday confirmed that payments worth £15 million would be made to around 2,600 hill farmers and crofters.
“With these payments we will have now made over £39m of LFASS 2018 payments, directly supporting our vital remote and rural communities and economies,” said Mrs Gougeon.
“I firmly believe we must help those who need help the most, and with further payments being made in the coming weeks, I am confident that the majority of awards will be made by the end of June in line with our payment schedule.”
Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin said: “I welcome delivery of this vital funding to hard-working farmers and crofters, some three months earlier than payments were made last year.
“This will help to support farmers and crofters in rural communities and I am sure this latest tranche will be well received.”