Financial support for Scottish farmers ready to go organic
Scottish farmers can apply for funding up until 31st March. Soil Association Scotland can certify organic farmers, and are welcoming applications with a new support package for farmers interested in converting to organic and competitive certification fees.
The organic market remains in sustained growth. Last year, according to figures released by the Scottish government, £57.8 million was spent on organic food and drink in Scotland (0.6% of total grocery spend – to September 2016), this was up 11.7% from the previous year (according to figures from Kantar Worldpanel).
Support for organic farming includes two Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) options: Organic Farming Conversion and Organic Farming Maintenance.
The Soil Association Certification website offers conversion guides and a farming application pack for farmers looking for more information. ■