Scotland launches Agricultural Transformation Programme

18 February 2020

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The Scottish Government has announced an initial £40 million of funding to support the agricultural industry’s move towards lower carbon farming. The Agricultural Transformation Programme aims to assist the sector in undertaking a range of potential actions aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting sustainable farming and land use. The programme 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.

On 12 February 2020, the Scottish Government's Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, also announced the formation of a new farmer-led group which will examine how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the suckler herd sector. The group will consider proposals for alternative methods of supporting the sector in mitigating its environmental impact and identifying practical ways in which it can reduce emissions.

Sources: Scottish Government, 7 February 2020 and 12 February 2020