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Funding window now open for Scottish farmers

Scottish funding window - now open

The Scottish government is offering financial support for those converting to organic farming. Scottish farmers can apply for funding up until 31st March. Soil Association can certify organic farmers, and are welcoming applications with competitive certification fees and a new support package for farmers interested in converting to organic. .

What you need to know:

A growing market

Last year the Scottish government announced that the organic market is steadily growing. Around £52.6 million was spent on organic food and drink products in Scotland in the year to September 2016, which is up 11.7% from the previous year (source Kantar Worldpanel).

David Michie, Head of Agricultural Development at Soil Association Scotland said: “It is a great time to consider organic. The organic market is growing, the Organic Trade Board are just about to launch a big media campaign that will further boost sales and the Scottish government has recognised the importance of organic agriculture with its support for the Organic Action Plan Organic Ambitions.  Our team in Scotland is at the end of the phone, and we can help with supporting documentation required for funding applications.”

Soil Association Scotland Support

To help those considering organic conversion, our team in Scotland are at the end of the phone, to help with enquires and provide information. Alongside this we have great new support package and competitive certification fees and can help with documentation required for funding applications

For information on converting to organic, take a look at the Soil Association Farming Certification webpage, our  arable, cattle and sheep and horticulture conversion guides

If you have any questions about converting to organic, please contact our Edinburgh-based organic Certification Officer Abigail Catt (T: 0131 633 1011) or Agricultural Development Manager Lyn White (M: 07899 791 748).

Payment rates

The conversion payment rates will apply for the first two years of agreement before reverting to the maintenance rates for the remaining 3 years of the agreement.

 

Conversion

Maintenance

Annual payments (per ha)

Years 1-2

Years 3-5

Years 1-5

Arable

£280

£65

£65

Improved Grassland

£140

£55

£55

Unimproved Grassland

£12.50

£8.50

£8.50

Fruit & Vegetables

£400

£200

£200

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