– RICHARD LOCHHEAD, RURAL AFFAIRS SECRETARY
"Our £6 million Weather Aid scheme has now received some 958 requests for funding.
"The expert group will begin considering the numerous and varied applications today. It is important that the group prioritises those farmers who were hardest hit - taking into account EU state aid rules and I look forward to hearing its funding decisions in due course.”
Figures show about half of applications received for the Weather Aid fund are from the South West of Scotland. Most applications relate to the loss of livestock.
Almost 1,000 farmers who were hit by the extreme winter weather have applied for funding. The selection process beings today, July 24.
The selection process for Weather Aid funding begins today, July 24. Almost 1,000 farmers who were hit by the extreme winter weather have applied for funding.
The Weather Aid Expert Group will begin considering requests for funding at a meeting, which will be chaired by the Scottish Government.
The £6 million scheme was announced earlier this year by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.
– Richard Lochhead, Rural Affairs Secretary.
"Earlier this year, parts of Scotland experienced prolonged and extreme wintry conditions – including some of the worst snow in living memory. This had a devastating effect on many farmers, particularly as it happened at lambing time."
Almost 1,000 farming families in South West Scotland have applied to the Scottish Government's Weather Aid fund.
It follows the winter of 2012 and spring of 2013, which saw crops and livestock lost in severe conditions.