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S5W-18406: Jamie Halcro Johnston (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 28 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what total budget was available for the New Entrants Capital Grant Scheme in each year since its introduction.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 24 September 2018

The New Entrants Capital Grant Scheme (NECGS) is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme 2014-20, which originally assumed £20 million of support for Young Farmer New Entrants and New Entrants more generally across the programme life. This included an indicative budget for the NECGS of £12 million and £8 million of support for Young Farmer and New Entrant business start-ups.

In 2017, the Scottish Government increased the total Young Farmer/New Entrant package to £22 million and revised the indicative scheme budgets (£8 million for NECGS and £14 million for business start-ups) to reflect the importance attached to helping young people in particular enter the agricultural sector.

The additional funding put into the schemes has enabled support to be provided to over 250 new businesses and at least 600 capital projects.