Scotland’s 16,000 crofters are being urged to vote in the Crofting Commission elections this March. The Crofting Commission, based in Inverness, is the statutory regulator for crofting in Scotland. As a public body of the Scottish Government the Crofting Commission aims to promote crofting and ensure that regulations are maintained.
Voting papers for the election will be issued early next month providing crofters with the opportunity to appoint six commissioners in northern Scotland mid month.
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing, said: “The Scottish Government wants to ensure a strong and vibrant future for crofting.”
The Commission board can have up to nine commissioners, six of whom are elected by the crofting population with the remainder appointed by Scottish Ministers.
Ewing continued: “It is vital to have a commission made up of people who represent and reflect the interests and diversity of Scotland crafting community.”
Crofting is an important industry in Scotland, with some high schools in the Highlands region offering crofting studies to students to encourage growth in the sector.