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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00675: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 15 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what advice and support it offers to farmers to encourage regenerative farming.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 22 February 2017

The Scottish Government provides advice and support to farmers to encourage regenerative farming across a range of programmes and activities. I want to highlight 3 of these and I'd be happy to write to the member with a full list of direct and indirect activity.

Farming For a Better Climate is based on nine Climate Change Focus Farms around Scotland which undertake a three-year programme to implement best practice and showcase it for other farmers, with around a thousand farmers attending such events each year.

We are currently expanding the Soil Nutrient Network from 3 to 12 farms, to demonstrate the economic, biodiversity, conservation and climate change benefits of using soil analysis and nutrient management to improve soil health and condition.

Organic farming can be a means of regenerating soil, and has been supported in Scotland by £4 million on maintenance and conversion payments since 2015 through the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme under the Scottish Rural Development Plan.