The Scottish Government has pledged funding to support agricultural contributions to meet Scotland’s climate change ambitions.

The funding for a new Agricultural Transformation Programme will be initially £40 million.  

Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) chair, Yvonne White, said: “Crofting is well ahead on environmentally sustainable practices with its mainly extensive grazing system.

"Most of Scotland’s High Nature Value areas are under crofting tenure so we must be doing something right.

"The reinstatement of an easily accessible crofting forestry grant scheme, including low-density woodland cover for grazing, would see tree-planting on croft land burgeon.

"Peatlands, which crofters also manage, are even more relevant to carbon sequestration and therefore climate change.

"Studies have shown that careful mixed grazing is very beneficial to both carbon storage and increasing biodiversity.

"Payment towards the management of this important resource would reap huge rewards.

“Crofting has always worked with nature to produce high quality food and manage the environment in a sustainable manner.

"While crofting is already leading the way in low carbon agriculture, crofters are prepared to do even more to help reach the Scottish Government’s ambitious net-zero targets.

"Both embracing innovation and traditional methods will play a role in achieving this.”