The Scottish Crofting Foundation has added its voice to the growing discontent over plans to shut the Stornoway abattoir.
Patrick Krause, chief executive of the SCF, told www.welovestornoway.com that the move would be a 'retrograde step'.
"We want to add value to croft produce by increasing traceability and so being able to sell it as local, with provenance," he said.
"The closure of a local abattoir goes completely against this. Other European countries, such as Austria, have a small abattoir in nearly every village because their government has seen the value of this and so has supported it.
"The Scottish Government unfortunately do not seem to understand the concept of local produce and provenance, favouring instead centralised facilities, out of which comes faceless, untraceable meat from who knows where.
"It is really letting our producers down.”