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Farmers and Crofters Welcome Agri-Environment Scheme Commitment

NFU Scotland has welcomed today’s announcement of a long-term commitment to agri-environment schemes from Scottish Government.

While details and funding must be clarified, the announcement looks to secure the future of the important Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) for 2022, 2023 and 2024.



Vice President Andrew Connon said: “NFU Scotland welcomes this announcement by Scottish Government on future agri-environment management in Scotland.

“We will seek further clarity on the Cabinet Secretary’s statement, especially for those with existing agreements that are about to expire.

“However, the clear commitment to deliver a full Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) round in 2022, and to extending the scheme right up to the end of the period of stability in 2024 will give confidence to Scottish farmers and crofters as they continue to tackle biodiversity and climate change whilst producing high quality, sustainable food.

“A fully-funded AECS is vital in supporting Scottish farmers and crofters to deliver essential environmental benefits including peatland management, conserving and enhancing vulnerable species, and providing habitats for pollinators on farm.

“The Scheme has huge buy in from the sector – evidenced by the participation of more than 3000 farms, crofts and estates.  We urged Scottish Government in June to make decisions on the scheme’s future as a priority and today’s announcement puts down a clear marker on future agri-environment support.”  

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Contact Bob Carruth on 07788 927675

Author: Bob Carruth

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News Article No.: 125/21


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