Organic projects throughout Scotland have been given a cash boost thanks to the latest round of Rural Priorities funding.
In total, 86 of the 573 agri-environment projects approved were in the organic sector, representing £6.4 million of the £30.5 million awarded.
The much-needed support brings the total amount of Rural Priorities funding to £480 million since the scheme's launch in 2008.
Approved projects include:
- West Shirva Farm at Twechar, which received a £7,590 organic maintenance grant.
- Megginch Estate Partnership was awarded £17,925 to restore the historic orchard at Megginch Castle.
- £4,161 grant for a Skye croft, towards an environment management project.
Details of these applications and other case studies of projects approved at the September 2011 Rural Priorities assessment round are available and you can also check for individual applications on the RPAC results webpage.
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said:
"The £30.5 million of Rural Priorities funding awarded will allow crofts and farm businesses across the country to take practical steps to help combat climate change, protect biodiversity and enhance our unique rural landscape.
"Rural Priorities has now provided a total of £480 million in EU and Scottish Government funding, sustaining and creating thousands of jobs. The projects approved today will help to support the rural economy and safeguard our natural habitats for generations to come."
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