Comment: Response to News that the SNP Government will End Vital New Farmers Grant

Following an announcement from the SNP Government that they will end the New Entrant Capital Grant Scheme on the 31st August, Shadow Environment Secretary Donald Cameron MSP said:

“The Scottish Conservatives are bitterly disappointed to hear that the SNP Government is calling time on the New Entrants Capital Grant Scheme.

At this point in time, we need to do our utmost to encourage more young people into farming and to help the sector grow and prosper as we leave the European Union.

We agree with NFUS that New Entrant funding should be prioritised and it’s clear that the SNP must work to build on the work that the Scheme has already delivered.

The simple fact is that this cut in funding will be a huge blow to those currently planning a future in Scottish farming, and it is vital that the SNP Government commit to providing for the next generation of Scottish farmers and crofters instead of creating new barriers into agriculture.”