The 2023 Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) application round will open for applications on 30 January 2023.
The farmers were joined by the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Mairi Gougeon MSP and about 40 MSPs including Orkney Constituency LibDem MSP Liam McArthur.
“The new nursery will support families from both mainland Orkney and the outer isles, as well as providing opportunities for Childhood Practice Students from Orkney College.” – Mairi Gougeon
” It is directly because of the feedback from islanders that we are changing our approach.” Mairi Gougeon Rural Affairs and Islands Secretary, in the Scottish Government
“The delivery of the islands bond scheme is still being carefully considered in the light of the strong feedback that we received from island residents” Mairi Gougeon Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands
The National Farmer’s Union (NFU) of Scotland has warned that crofters and farmers are scaling back production due to the increasing costs they are facing in fertiliser, fuel, energy, animal feed and wages.
On the 15th of June 2022, the Scottish Parliament passed the Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill unanimously.
Hoy has been named as one of six islands which will be supported by the Scottish Government to be carbon neutral in 18 years time.
Fuel, feed and fertiliser costs are threatening “the very viability of many farms” commented Liam McArthur.
In a round of funding there were 47 successful Orkney applications from the Sea Fisheries Fund totalling £237,400.