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S5W-07052: Peter Chapman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, since 2012, how many applications it received for starter farms on public land; of these, how many applicants established starter farms, and how much funding it allocated to fund starter farms on public land.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 27 February 2017

Since 2012 ten starter farm units have been established on public land in Scotland.

The Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspection Division (SGRPID) received six applications for their one starter farm unit on the outskirts of Inverness. The total cost to establish the starter farm unit was £0.07million.

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) received seventy one applications for their nine starter farm units across Scotland’s National Forest Estate. The total cost to establish those starter farm units was £7.1million, of which £5.45million was associated with the costs of purchasing land and buildings.