Scottish farm debt has risen to its highest level since the late 1980s, with a four per cent increase over the past year.
A survey of Scottish banks and lending institutions found outstanding loans to Scottish farms rose £73 million to £2.03 billion, this was an increase of three per cent since May 2014 when inflation is taken into account.
The figures also represent the sixth consecutive increase in Scottish farm debt.
A spokesman for the Scottish Government said: In related data, figures from the Bank of England showed that, by May 2015, the UK “agricultural, hunting and forestry” sector had seen a 42 per cent increase in debt levels since 2010.
"The only other sector that had seen an increase was utilities, which increased 33 per cent, with all other sectors seeing a reduction in outstanding debt."