Date lodged: 27 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what role science and technology can play in the development of the rural economy.
Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 3 April 2019
Science and technology plays a vital role in our rural economy. That is why we invest £45 million every year through our world leading institutes to undertake research on farming, food, forestry, plants and the environment. Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise support young people across Scotland to pursue STEM skills and careers in the rural economy and also, facilities for new and existing rural businesses to use to help develop and adopt new technologies to increase their efficiency. As part of our work on climate change, an industry led Agricultural Technology Group was launched in 2018 to share, disseminate and encourage adoption of advances in agricultural science and technology.