Supporting innovation in agriculture –

Fund of more than £ 200m to back innovative projects.

Projects that aim to boost food security in Scotland and address the Scottish Government funding program.

At the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will announce more than £ 200 million through the 2022 to 2027 Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Strategic Research Program (SRP).

The Scottish Government is one of the largest funders of agri-environmental research in the UK, and will provide funding with a focus on strategic environment, natural resources and agriculture research.

The program will invest in diverse innovative projects, including:

  • Greenhouse Gas Reductions for agriculture and livestock
  • crops for vertical farms, which will help produce a wide range of economically valuable crops
  • vaccine research into animal diseases, including Bovine Respiratory Disease

The fund backs long-term research programs and science facilities that directly support research projects and allow additional research funding from other funders.

At the show, the First Minister will speak to industry leaders in a breakfast briefing, and meet farmers and a variety of Scottish food and drink producers.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to say:

“The Scottish Government provides significant funding to our major research institutes to explore issues such as planet and animal health, and food security. In total, we are investing more than £ 200 million in the next five years, which will support over 150 projects.

“They cover issues such as the resilience of livestock to climate change; how to reduce climate change from farming and livestock; and the way in which anti-microbial resistance and pathogens spread into the food chain, and then into humans.

“The support confirms our determination, in a difficult financial climate, to ensure that Ireland continues to make an important contribution to research on agriculture and the environment, contributing to the success and sustainability of our farming and food sectors.

“The Royal Highland Show celebrates the best in farming, food and the rural industry across Scotland and I am very happy to visit this year to celebrate the show’s 200th anniversary.”

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