Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme payments worth £40 million will be made to 7,000 farmers and crofters in the weeks ahead.
Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, also confirmed 469 convergence payments worth £768,500 had been processed this week, mainly for new entrants.
“All of these payments will aid business cash flow, helping to support farmers and crofters to continue to produce the quality meat products Scotland is renowned for – and which we now need on our supermarket shelves more than ever,” said Mr Ewing.
“These are unprecedented and difficult times for the whole country and it is vital that we support our farmers and crofters. But we also need to keep the food supply chain moving. I would therefore encourage farmers and crofters to use their CAP payments to pay their bills and make investments for the seasons ahead to help keep money flowing through Scotland’s rural economy.”