Scotland launches £40m fund to drive low carbon farming

The new programme will support the agricultural sector’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The Scottish Government has announced an initial £40 million of funding for the agricultural industry’s move towards low carbon farming.

Called the Agricultural Transformation Programme, it will enable the sector to undertake a range of potential actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support sustainable farming and land use.

It also aims to improve the environmental sustainability of the sector by protecting and restoring natural habitats and building sustainability through business practices that encourage productivity, innovation and inclusion.

Scottish Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Scotland’s land and the manner in which we use and manage it must adapt and change if we are to meet our ambitious net zero targets.

“The main focus of this programme is to offer practical and effective ways to enable farmers, crofters and land managers to make changes to their business so they drive forward the transition to a low carbon future, delivering a sustainable, productive and profitable agricultural sector.

“While we will set out the detail of how the fund will operate in due course, our Programme for Government has already set out our steps in response to the climate emergency, including significantly increasing tree planting levels, restoring peatland, and promoting low carbon agricultural practices, including organic practices. This programme will build upon these foundations to position the sector to take advantage of the green economy.”

Full details of the programme will be published at a later date.

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