Rural Affairs

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of John Lamont John Lamont Conservative

Question S3O-91

To ask the Scottish Executive what new measures it will put in place to support rural development and, in particular, wealth creation in the Borders and across Scotland.

Photo of Richard Lochhead Richard Lochhead Scottish National Party

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.

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