Decision time for weather aid applications

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ALMOST 1,000 applications have been received for the Scottish Government’s £6 million weather aid package it has been revealed – and the weather aid group will today begin reviewing applications and finalising the level of support for individual producers.

The funding, designed to help farmers hit by the extreme weather in early spring, was announced by rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead.

Due to the number and variety of applications received it has been indicated that individual allocations are unlikely to be decided today, and will be announced in due course. However, a spokesman said that early analysis indicated about half of the applications received were from the south-west of Scotland, and most related to the loss of livestock.

Lochhead said: “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.”