First Minister Alex Salmond and North East MSP Christian Allard have welcomed the news that beef producers across the region will begin to receive their share of £22 million in vital funding.
The money from the Scottish Beef Scheme (SBS) will begin to arrive in farmers’ bank accounts from Thursday, April 17, and it’s expected that 95 per cent of producers will have been paid by April 23.
Almost 7,500 producers across the country claimed for just under 406,000 animals in 2013. Over the same period there were a total of 1,264 farmers claiming for 76,432 animals in the North East and a total of £4,621,331 was paid out in the region.
Commenting, Firs Minister Alex Salmond said: “Scottish beef is recognised globally for quality, and sold by restaurants; supermarkets; and butchers shops across the world.
“It is essential that we offer cattle farms real support to ensure that standard of quality and increase volume of production.
“I am delighted the farmers here in the North East will benefit from almost £5 million in funding.
“The Scottish Government will continue to make this support a priority,” he added.