New farming entrants will benefit from a £5 million boost as part of the latest round of Rural Priorities funding, worth more than £20 million in total.
This support will protect and create around 1,200 jobs across Scotland and brings the total amount distributed through the scheme to almost £550 million since it was launched in 2008.
Projects approved in this round include:
- A&S Cairns of Walston Braehead farm, Carnwath, has been awarded £100,000 towards investment in a new herringbone sheep milking parlour, sheep building and feed storage. This grant will allow a 25 per cent expansion of the sheep milking flock to meet increasing demand from a local cheese maker and secure the new entrant’s future in agriculture. The funding will also provide six months of slurry storage facilities, while securing two permanent and two temporary jobs.
- Ring Farm, Cupar, Fife, has been awarded £159,550 to diversify into tourist accommodation on the existing farm. The project will provide accommodation for short-term holiday let in two adjacent houses and includes accessible apartments to allow disabled visitors to stay with their families/carers. The accommodation will also provide an on site care service by registered nurses as required, making this a unique development for Fife.
A number of case studies http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/farmingrural/SRDP/RuralPriorities/KeyFacts/Case-Studies/Q/forceupdate/on have been prepared of projects approved in the June 2012 Rural Priorities assessment round.
This is the twelfth round of funding under Rural Priorities and focuses mainly on Axis 1 (business development) and Axis 3 (rural communities and rural enterprise) projects. The next round of Rural Priorities RPACs for Axis 2 projects will take place in September 2012.