Welcoming help for farmers

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SNP MSP Graeme Dey has welcomed measures from the Scottish Government to help the Scottish farmers hit by the adverse weather last year.

Among the announcements, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said he would be writing to banks to update them on the timing of Single Farm Payments and asking them to provide maximum flexibility for those farmers whose payments are not made at the start of December.

Mr Dey, SNP MSP for Angus South and deputy convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, said: “Not only have we prioritised Single Farm Payments, the banks have also been urged to show leniency to those farmers who have yet to receive their payments.

“We have increased resources to pay SFP as quickly as possible – including staff working in the evenings and weekends and given a two-month invoices extension for 2012 rural priorities capital works.”