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Farmers visited by Rural Affairs Secretary

The Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead is meeting with farmers who have been affected by the severe weather over the past few weeks.

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Rural Affairs Secretary to meet with struggling farmers

The Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead is meeting with farmers who have been affected by the severe weather over the past few weeks.

Mr Lochhead will hear about the challenges farmers are facing after losing stock and struggling to source food.

He is visiting a farm near Gatehouse of Fleet that has endured difficult circumstances recently.

"I know the severe winter weather parts of Scotland has experienced has been devastating for our farmers, particularly as it's come at lambing time and when they are also dealing with rising feed costs and demand for more feed.

"When the severe weather struck, the Scottish Government acted quickly, holding emergency discussions with the industry to put in place help and equipment on the ground as well as providing £500,000 support to assist with fallen stock costs."

– Richard Lochhead, Rural Affairs Secretary

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