Following the announcement of a new project aiming to better support abattoirs on the Scottish Islands, Highlands and Islands regional MSP Rhoda Grant has welcomed the support from the Scottish Government and the Duke of Rothesay for island abattoirs as “a step in the right direction”.
Sites in Shetland, Orkney, Mull, Islay, Lewis and North Uist will be offered funding for upgrades, apprenticeships and given assistance in order to help them find new markets.
Welcoming the news, Mrs Grant said: “The quality of Scotland’s farm produce is well known, and any steps to improve the marketing of this global brand are to be welcomed.
“This initiative will give our farmers and crofters easier access to the markets, both local and national. It will allow local shops, hotels and restaurants to source and promote high quality, authentic and traceable local produce.
“This will not only generate increased income for the local economy but will improve the ‘tourist experience’ where localised input is becoming increasingly important.
“I look forward to reviewing this in the future and hope it will be followed by other initiatives to assist farmers and crofters in the more remote areas of Scotland’s mainland.”