Highlands & Islands

Crofters encouraged to get fruity

Crofters are being encouraged to try growing soft fruit such as raspberries as well as more traditional crops.

The Scottish Crofting Federation said there was now increased demand for locally-grown fruit and it offered to help crofters who wanted to diversify.

It arranged for 16 soft fruit growers from Skye and Sutherland to visit well-established fruit farms in Moray and on the Black Isle.

Techniques used in the two areas could now be transferred to the crofts.

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