July 16, 2012Posted in: Hebrides, Western Isles
Jamie McGrigor, Highlands & Islands Conservative MSP, has welcomed today’s news that the Scottish Government has agreed to fund a study into options for funding, building and operating a small-scale slaughtering and processing facility for the Skye & Lochalsh area.
Commenting today Jamie, who also is Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Crofting and who has been a consistent supporter of small and rural abattoirs, said:
“ Like the Scottish Crofting Federation, I am very pleased that it and the Scottish Agricultural College will now be able to look at the feasibility of establishing a micro-abattoir for the Skye and Lochalsh area.
“ Small-scale and rural abattoirs are extremely important for farmers and crofters throughout the Highlands & Islands, allowing producers to gain added value for their produce as well of course as being useful for those who want to consume their own meat and for local sales.
“ I applaud this initiative and wish it well and am sure that the results of this study will be useful to many other rural and remote communities throughout the country.”
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