The Government proposes to invest £1.6 billion in rural Scotland over the next seven years through the Scotland Rural Development Programme 2007-13.
Measures to deliver a wealthier and fairer Scotland include:
£31 million for the restructuring of agricultural businesses;
£70 million for the processing and marketing of agriculture and forestry products;
£18 million for diversification out of agriculture or forestry;
£18 million for the creation and development of micro-enterprises;
£10 million to deliver our manifesto commitment to new entrants to farming, and
£43 million in skills development in rural areas, underpinning our commitment to economic development and driving forward a smarter Scotland.
We look forward to receiving from the Borders high-quality applications for funding under these measures once the programme is up and running.