McLeod highlights new entrant scheme for farmers

SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Dr Aileen McLeod today (Monday) highlighted a new Scottish Government scheme aimed at helping new entrants into farming. The scheme, which is worth £2 million, is aimed at supporting new entrants and deer farmers who are currently excluded from receiving single farm payments.


Applications are being accepted now and the Scottish Government and the new entrants panel will look to distribute the money in relation to the size of the farm and the potential investment it carries.


Dr McLeod commented:


“New entrants are vitally important to the future of farming so I warmly welcome the introduction of this fund to assist where there is currently no support available from the Common Agricultural Policy.


“This announcement comes hard on the heels of the £6 million support fund for farmers who were hit hard by the spring snow and, in many cases, lost a great deal of valuable livestock.


“The announcement of new support for new entrants further highlights the SNP Government’s commitment to supporting Scotland’s farmers and agriculture industry. I very much hope that new entrants into farming from Galloway will be making applications.”


Notes to editors: further information on the scheme can be found here:


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