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Projects approved for Scottish Government's £2 million funding

The Scottish Government has approved five projects for funding as part of the Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund.

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The QMS Monitor Farm Programme will receive £1.25 million
The QMS Monitor Farm Programme will receive £1.25 million

£2 million has been allocated to five projects as part of the Scottish Government’s Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF).

 

Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead announced the projects which will promote skills development, knowledge transfer, and deliver on-the-ground improvements to the farming sector in Scotland.

 

Mr Lochhead said: "This significant funding will help Scotland take advantage of its strong performance in research and development, and make sure that the learning from here and elsewhere can be transferred to on-the-ground improvements in agriculture, ensuring the flow of information and best practice farming into the community, where it can make a real difference to profits.


“Today’s funding will also benefit projects which target lamb survival, dairy and pig efficiencies, and the development of a Strategic Potato Farm for Scotland.”

 


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Grants will be awarded to

  • QMS and AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds – to establish nine innovative Monitor Farms across Scotland
  • SAC Commercial – improving lamb survival and farm profitability
  • SAOS – to pilot an innovative and interactive farm-focused lean management approach
  • AHDB Potatoes – to develop a Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm for Scotland
  • Wholesome Pigs Scotland Ltd – to develop innovative uses of emerging technologies to improve pig production efficiency.

Monitor Farm

 

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is one company to receive grant funding, which will be used to establish nine innovative Monitor Farms across Scotland.

 

The new Monitor Farm programme, which will receive £1.25 million and aims to improve productivity and farm business profitability.

 

Douglas Bell, head of industry development at QMS said: "QMS has been at the heart of Scotland’s Monitor Farms programme since the concept was introduced into Scotland in 2003.

 

"Previous programmes have taken a sectoral approach, but in order to address the challenges currently facing farmers, this new joint initiative between AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds and QMS will focus on improving whole business management and profitability.

 

"While maximising returns at enterprise level will remain integral, the relationships between different enterprises will be explored at a business, technical and environmental level.


“Each of the nine new monitor farms will have its own dedicated Management Team and an associated Business Group that will evaluate solutions and best practice before sharing its findings, both with the wider Community Groups and more generally, through various media channels including a dedicated website.”

 

FG Insight Grant Checker

FG Insight Grant Checker

Grant Checker is an online tool that allows you to look up and research agricultural grants, loans and scholarships available to you as a farmer.


You can access the Grant Checker via your desktop computer, tablet or a mobile device to search grants based on your location and age.


For more information about this, and other grants available to you, visit FG Insight's Grant Checker by clicking here.

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