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New £200 million to back innovative agriculture projects - Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

New £200 million to back innovative agriculture projects

Projects which aim to boost food security in Scotland and address the biodiversity and climate crises are expected to benefit from a major Scottish Government funding programme.

At The Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced major investment of more than £200 million through the 2022 to 2027 Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Strategic Research Programme (SRP).

The Scottish Government is one of the largest funders of agri-environmental research in the UK, and will provide funding with a focus on strategic environment, natural resources and agriculture research.

The programme will invest in varied innovative projects, including:

  • Greenhouse Gas Reductions for agriculture and livestock
  • Crops for vertical farms, which will help to produce a wide range of economically valuable crops
  • Vaccine research into animal diseases, including Bovine Respiratory Disease

The fund backs long-term research programmes and science facilities which directly support Scotland’s academic research base and allows research institutes to leverage additional funding from other funders.

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