New Funding for Scotland’s Farm Climate Scheme

The Scottish Government has recently announced additional funding for a scheme that helps Scottish farmers develop climate friendly farming methods.

The Farming for a Better Climate programme, which aims to help farmers save money as well as reduce their carbon footprint, is to receive a further £100,000 in funding.

The programme was originally launched in 2010 and previous analysis has revealed that the first three Climate Change Focus Farms saved almost £60,000 between them in the first three years of the programme. In addition, two of the businesses apparently managed to reduce their carbon footprint by at least 10%.

The additional funding will be used to double the current number of Focus Farms from four to eight. It will also provide farmers with practical advice on adapting to the changing climate through better soil management and field drainage.

“Our climate is changing and it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to do what we can to mitigate its negative impact,” explained Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead. “The Scottish Government is firmly committed to tackling climate change and lowering overall emissions in Scotland, of which approximately a fifth is from our agriculture industry.”

“Initial results from our Farming for a Better Climate scheme show that the Focus Farms are making big financial savings and lowering their carbon footprint at the same time,” he added.

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