McLeod welcomes £6 million assistance fund for farmers

SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Dr Aileen McLeod today (Thursday) welcomed the announcement by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead of a £6 million assistance package for farmers hit by the severe spring snow.

Dr McLeod accompanied the Cabinet Secretary on a recent visit to Galloway to meet affected farmers and NFU Scotland officials to hear first-hand the effects the severe weather had on the industry locally. The funding is in addition to the previously announced £500,000 to assist with recovery of fallen stock.
Dr McLeod commented:
“Parts of Galloway were particularly hard hit by the severe snow and many farmers lost very large numbers of stock, particularly since the snow coincided tragically with lambing.
“I was with the Cabinet Secretary when he visited Galloway to hear first-hand the experiences of local farmers and the difficulties they now face for the rest of the year as a result of the losses they have suffered.
“So I warmly welcome this aid package from the Scottish Government and I would expect this region to benefit considerably from it.
“I also hope that the banks, finance companies and general supply chain to the industry will be sympathetic to the fact that many will have suffered considerable losses, the full effect of which may not be seen for some months yet. A sympathetic approach now may save a viable rural business in the long run.”
Details about the £6 million assistance fund for farmers can be found on the Scottish Government’s website at: