Date lodged: 28 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will outline the objectives of the New Entrants Capital Grant Scheme for farmers, and how these have been met, in light of reports of the end of the scheme.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 25 September 2018
The overriding objective of the New Entrant Capital Grant Scheme is to help new businesses overcome obstacles in establishing and developing their farms and crofts in the critical early stages.
Over 600 projects have been approved to date and to ensure they align with the primary scheme objective, all have been tested by a rigorous selection process to check the extent to which the projects meet key considerations such as need, viability and sustainability. A monitoring regime is also in place that recognises our EC statutory requirements and ensures projects are progressing to meet objectives set out in individual applications.