Fund­ing for young farm­ers

The Oban Times - - Farming -

YOUNG peo­ple seek­ing to es­tab­lish a ca­reer in agri­cul­ture could ben­e­fit from £2.5 mil­lion in Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

The grant fund­ing has been awarded to de­velop the next gen­er­a­tion of farm­ers and will ben­e­fit 47 new agri­cul­tural busi­nesses.

Ru­ral sec­re­tary Fer­gus Ewing in­sisted it was ‘cru­cial’ to bring new tal­ent to the in­dus­try, adding: ‘Over­com­ing bar­ri­ers to en­try and at­tract­ing new en­trants to farm­ing is vi­tal for the sus­tain­abil­ity of the in­dus­try.

‘New en­trants drive in­no­va­tion and best prac­tice, im­prove ef­fi­cien­cies and con­trib­ute to­wards the eco­nomic vi­tal­ity of the sec­tor.’

The ap­pli­ca­tion win­dow for the Young Farmer and New En­trant Start-up Grant scheme closes on Septem­ber 30 2017.

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