Crofting (New Entrants)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 21 February 2024.

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Photo of Jim Fairlie Jim Fairlie Scottish National Party

I am delighted to see that, once again, the Crofting Commission is reporting a high number of new entrants to crofting.

Each of the 510 new crofters in 2022-23 represents a new or continuing member of the local community, highlighting the invaluable role that crofting plays in supporting population retention in our rural and island areas. It is also encouraging to see that almost half of those new crofters are women, and that just under a third are aged 40 or younger. That is positive news for the sector and critical to its future.