A new £10 million fund to help farmers and crofters purchase equipment has been unveiled as part of the Scottish Government’s legislative programme for the year ahead.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said the Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme (SACGS) would open later this month and run as a pilot scheme for a five-week period.
It will offer grants of up to £20,000.
“We know farmers and crofters want to contribute to our climate change ambitions and to cut their emissions and farm more sustainably,” said Mr Ewing.
“Helping them to change their practice by ensuring they have access to the right equipment, tools and knowledge is key. The new £10m SACGS will provide support to do this.”
He said the scheme was part of a wider £160m investment in forestry and agriculture.
This includes an additional £100m to increase tree planting, £30m to Forestry and Land Scotland to expand national forests and land, and £20m to help increase the supply of young trees to meet planting targets.