A ’Help for Straw Haulage’ fund worth £130,000 has been launched specifically for farmers and crofters in Orkney who are suffering due to a prolonged period of bad weather.
Launched by the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Fund (RSBI), the funding is in addition to the usual help the charity provides to farmers and crofters in need.
Nina Clancy, chief executive of RSABI said: "RSABI has recognised the crisis emerging for Orkney farmers and crofters following a prolonged period of exceptional weather.
"The trustees have therefore made an additional £130,000 available to meet up to 50 per cent of the haulage costs of straw to those farmers and crofters who find themselves short of straw and facing hardship due to these additional costs either now or in the near future."
With many parts of Scotland struggling with the effects of poor weather this year, it is estimated the harvest in Orkney will be at least 30 per cent back on last year.