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31 May 05
The Conservative MSP said it appeared that the Scottish Executive had listened to the pleas of the crofting community, but he warned against possible hidden costs which might be put onto crofters.
Mr McGrigor secured a debate in the Scottish Parliament in 2004 on the subject because of concerns over how the end of the scheme would effect cattle-keeping in Scotland's crofting communities. In the debate, he accused the Scottish Executive of hiding their real reasons for ending the LIS.
Jamie McGrigor said "When the Scottish Executive announced plans to end the Livestock Improvement Scheme, there were serious concerns at the time that the Executive were simply looking for a reason to dump the LIS and blame it all on Brussels.
"The old LIS scheme united crofting townships and encouraged community working and co-operation - something that has always been important to the socio-economic wellbeing of towns and communities across the Highlands and Islands.
"The news that the new Crofting Cattle Improvement Scheme will retain the ability to receive a grant to hire and that the Crofters Commission stud farm will be retained is certainly welcome.
"Those of us campaigning for the retention of these key parts of the LIS called on the Executive to listen to the crofters - crofters who were telling the Executive that this decision could have serious implications for crofting communities in some of Scotland's most sensitive areas. The SCF should be congratulated for all its effort in ensuring that, for once, the Scottish Executive has listened to the voices of ordinary people.
"The effort must now be to ensure that no hidden costs are put onto crofters by the introduction of the new system, and that crofting continues to have a sustainable future in Scotland's most remote areas".
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8 February 05
To help farmers understand the physical and financial implications of converting their farm to organic farming, and to help them plan the conversion, SAC is running the following courses during February. All courses will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm
The cost for participants in Objective 3 areas (i.e. all parts of Scotland except HIE areas) will be £45, inclusive of lunch, tea/biscuits, course notes.
Further details from SAC Senior Organic Farming Specialist, David Younie, tel 01224 711072 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
8 February 05