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June RPAC provides rural boost

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 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.


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