Scottish sustainable farming to get £30m boost

The new round of AECS funding will serve more than 600 rural businesses

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The Scottish government has announced £30 million in funding for sustainable farming businesses.

The funding represents the latest round of its ‘Agri-Environment Climate Scheme’ (AECS) and will see more than 600 rural businesses share the money.

Farmers will be given a financial hand to improve water quality, manage flood risk and mitigate climate change.

Low carbon farming is considered an important part of Scotland’s net zero journey.

Applications for the next round open on the 24th January.

Mairi Gougeon, Rural Affairs Secretary said: “AECS has provided almost 3,000 applicants with around £244 million since it launched.

“This funding for the sector has helped us restore and enhance nature through increased biodiversity, improved soils and contributions to mitigating climate change at the same time as providing high quality, locally produced food.”