Hill farmers and crofters will soon receive payments through the Scottish Government’s Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) of loans.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said more than 7,500 eligible producers will receive loans for 95% of their 2019 LFASS payment.
He said a further 2,500 eligible farmers and crofters could also receive loan payments in the coming weeks if they choose to accept and return the loan offer sent to them.
“I have continually said that we should support those who need it the most,” said Mr Ewing.
“Our rural economy is on the front line of the potential impacts of Brexit, with remote and rural areas likely to be hit the hardest.
“With 75% of eligible hill farmers and crofters having accepted a loan offer, I am pleased we are able to offer a degree of clarity and certainty through these payments.”
The Scottish Government said the loan scheme payment will be automatically deducted from LFASS payments, due to start in April. Payments for the 2019 year are 20% less than the 2018 year due to EU rules.