Young farmers get £30,000 boost for training

Richard Lochhead said he was committed to the work of the young farmers' organisation. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Richard Lochhead said he was committed to the work of the young farmers' organisation. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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The Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs yesterday said that it was delighted with the news that it was to receive £30,000 from the Scottish Government to be put towards the delivery of agricultural and rural training and development activities for its members.

Announcing the funding, which was for the 2016-17 year, cabinet secretary Richard Lochhead said he was “firmly committed” to the work of the rural youth organisation which provides members with a range of opportunities including training, travel and personal development.

The news came as members of the organisation met with the Minister for Young People Aileen Campbell to discuss their plans for securing the long-term sustainability of their organisation, only weeks after it was announced that £66,000 of government funding from her department was to be withdrawn.

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Details of the new grant – which comes from a different government pot – were still to be revealed but national chairman of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs, Scott Wilson, said: “We are grateful for this funding offer which will help ensure we can continue providing personal development opportunities for rural youth throughout Scotland. We look forward to working with Mr Lochhead and his team.”