Scotland’s rural charity is encouraging the industry to back its ’Help Us Help Them’ campaign and raise £150,000 to help stamp out rural poverty.
In 2015, RSABI contributed about £600,000 in direct financial support to over 900 people in rural communities.
With low commodity prices, poor weather and subsidy uncertainty, farmers and crofters have been hit particularly hard, meaning the number of people receiving grant support from RSABI is set to increase.
RSABI chief executive, Nina Clancy said: “We are appealing to everyone in farming and crofting to back our Help us help them campaign.
"The current climate within farming isn’t great and we believe that the number of people receiving support or grants from us is only going to increase.”
RSABI launched its flagship event at the Royal Highland Show last week.
’The Great Glen Challenge’, now in its 5th year, will take place on August 26, 2016 with various activities such as a mountain bike ride, kayak, walk and a run.
Last year the event raised £62,000 and this is just one of the events RSABI will be holding as part of its Help Us Help Them campaign.
Other activities include a charity clay shoot and a campaign dinner.
Scotland’s rugby international star, Alex Dunbar signed up as an individual supporter for RSABI, donating £25 a year.
He said: "Times have been tough recently for farming and I would ask everyone who can, to do their bit to support RSABI and its important work helping the farming community.”