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Scottish Government pledges £2m to farmers

Wednesday February 13th, 2013

New farmers, who are ineligible for vital European funding, are set to benefit from cash support from the Scottish Government.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has pledged £2m of support for new entrants who are currently excluded from receiving single farm payments.

FCS is offering the new entrants a 10 year Limited Duration Tenancy (LDT) agreement.  It is hoped that each will gain valuable experience in managing their own farm business on a part-time basis before moving on to larger scale operations at the end of their lease period.

He unveiled his plans in a speech to the NFU Scotland conference, in St Andrews, where he also announced the names of the latest new entrants to be awarded tenancy opportunities on Forestry Commission Scotland starter farms.

Mr Lochhead said: “Scotland has a wealth of talented young farmers who are eager to farm and help shape the future of the industry in Scotland.  We need these farmers, they are the future of our industry, but the current system leaves them disadvantaged.”

 

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