Goose petition reaches Parliament

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The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) appeared before the Scottish Parliamentary Petitions Committee yesterday (Tuesday) to defend its call for the Government to do more about the escalating numbers of geese and the damage caused crofters’ crops.

SCF Director Roddy MacDonald and Chief Executive Patrick Krause defended the SCF petition calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to address the problems created by increasing populations of wild geese in the crofting areas as a matter of priority; reassess its decision to stop funding existing goose management programmes, and assign additional resources to Crop Protection and Adaptive Management programmes to ensure this threat to the future of crofting is averted.

Mr MacDonald said: “The MSPs were very attentive and sympathetic to the issue and in an unusual move for this committee apparently, referred the petition directly to the committee for rural affairs. This is a very good outcome for crofters. There is a way to go yet but we are seeing progress in that the Parliament is taking this very seriously.”