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Report highlights environmental impact of decline in hill farms in Western Borders: Hume

June 22, 2011 6:40 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Rural Affairs spokesperson Jim Hume MSP, has today highlighted evidence whish shows the environmental impact of a loss of hill farming in the Western Borders.

The Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) carried out the study which linked environmental benefits with a healthy hill farming sector.

Commenting Mr Hume said:

"It's long been known that a healthy hill farming sector provides a number of environmental benefits whether through agri-environment schemes or just through the land being grazed to allow good biodiversity.

"The decline in sheep and beef numbers was the focus of the NFUS's Manifesto for the Hills and this latest report by SNH clearly documents the environmental benefits of keeping the hill farming sector active.

"Government policy has to be targeted towards maintaining healthy economic farming activity on the ground to allow the continuation of the record of good environmental stewardship in this area of agriculture."