Farmers in Scotland and Wales were given a boost this week as Governments in Edinburgh and Cardiff promised extra funding for rural communities.
In Scotland, Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing announced £2.5 million would be made available to help support new entrants to farming.
The remaining tranche of funding under the Welsh Rural Development Programme – £223 million – has also been pledged by Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths to improve farmers’ resilience during the post-EU transition period.
Mark Donald, NFU Scotland’s new generation chairman, welcomed Mr Ewing’s announcement.
He said: “A further £2.5 million of grant funding provides a much-needed financial injection to help kick start fledgling farming businesses.
“The motivation, skills and energy of many younger folk seeking to carve out a life in farming has to be matched by access to land and capital – ideas and aspirations will remain grounded otherwise.
“We welcome today’s announcement as another tranche of new entrants to Scottish agriculture can now plan ahead with a greater degree of certainty and confidence.”
Certainty about the future of Welsh rural development funding was also gratefully received.
A Farmers’ Union of Wales spokesman said: “We are glad plans which have been disrupted by the uncertainty around Brexit are now moving forward, and Rural Development Programme funding has not been undermined as it could have been by the decision to trigger Article 50 so soon after the EU referendum.”