Kate Forbes MSP has said the Scottish Government's additional £250,000 support for farmers and crofters following the harsh winter will help relieve pressure on the farmers and crofters based in the Highlands.

This funding will help farmers and crofters offset the cost of retrieving fallen livestock as well as address feed and fodder shortages resulting from the adverse weather conditions over the last few months.

The SNP Government is also supplementing this with additional funding for the RSABI to help them provide vital practical and emotional support to people working in the agriculture sector.

Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said: "The SNP Government's £250,000 funding package will be a great help to farmers and crofters in the Highlands who are dealing with the knock-on effect of the prolonged wet and severe weather over the last few months.

"Crofters and farmers face a lot of emotional and practical challenges, particularly during the winter months and as the lambing season starts.

"It is difficult – and lonely work – and that's why I'm pleased that the SNP Government is also giving additional funding to the RSABI to help them provide emotional, practical and financial support across Scotland's agricultural sector.
 
"As an MSP for the Highlands, it is good to see the SNP Government listening to the concerns of the Scottish agricultural community at a time when they are rightly worried about the Tory Government's Brexit 'at all costs' policy.

"While the Tories think they can do whatever they want to Scotland and get away with it, the SNP will get on with providing the necessary support after a difficult winter."