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Farmers, smallholder farmers and contract farmers in Scotland are invited to bid up to £5million for equipment that supports sustainable farming.
The Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grants (SACGS) program will provide funding for equipment “with a recognized evidence base” to protect the aquatic environment and reduce agricultural impact on climate change and water quality. air.
Support is focused on low-emission slurry spreading equipment and slurry storage covers that have been proven to reduce harmful ammonia emissions as well as the resulting adverse water quality effects. storage and spreading of livestock slurry and digestate.
The fund will open applications on April 26 and close on June 1, 2022.
Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “We want to help Scots farm and farm more sustainably as we strive to become a global leader in regenerative agriculture. It is essential to help farmers, micro-entrepreneurs and agricultural entrepreneurs to change their practices by ensuring that they have access to the right equipment, tools and knowledge.
“Following the SACGS pilot, stakeholders asked for better targeting and support for equipment with a recognized evidence base. The SACGS 2022 cycle addresses these issues.