Scottish farming charity RSABI has been given £50,000 by the Scottish government to aid farmers suffering hardship following last year’s bad weather.

First Minister Alex Salmond made the announcement at NFU Scotland’s conference and AGM in St Andrews yesterday (11 February).

“Relying on the land for your living is no easy task and I know that for some individuals the past year hasn’t been easy due to circumstances beyond their control,” said Mr Salmond.

“Therefore I am pleased to announce a grant of £50,000 to be given to RSABI to help those who work on the land who have suffered misfortune and hardship over these past few years.”

Agriculture was vital to the health, wellbeing and prosperity of Scotland, he said.

Commenting on the donation, RSABI chief executive Dr Maurice Hankey said: “Every day we are speaking to farmers who are facing difficulties, both on the farm and in their households. They are asking if we can help.

“This funding will enable RSABI to put more financial support into the homes of these farmers to help themselves and their families keep going until better conditions prevail. I would encourage any farmers who feel they are in crisis to get in touch with the charity to find out how we can help.”

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