A new Agriculture Transformation Programme to help farmers contribute positively to dealing with the climate emergency has been announced.

Scottish Land & Estates and WWF Scotland both welcomed the announcement by Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy, of the new programme.

The two organisations have previously jointly called for such a fund to be established.  Farmers are increasingly feeling the impacts of a changing climate but with the right support they can be a vital part of the solution.

There is significant untapped opportunity in the agriculture sector to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions but high upfront costs represent a significant barrier to uptake.  This additional funding can support the industry to reduce emissions, protect our natural carbon stores and improve efficiencies in food production.

Sheila George, Food and Environment Policy Manager at WWF Scotland said: “It’s great to see this additional funding that will help farmers produce food in a way that reduces emissions and locks up more carbon. 

"By adapting our methods, Scotland could be at the forefront of the global transition to climate-friendly farming.”

Eleanor Kay, Policy Adviser at Scottish Land & Estates said: “To meet the ambitious government target of Net-Zero emissions by 2045 it’s clear transformational change will be needed.

"This hard-won additional funding will enable land managers to embrace new farming methods which reduce emissions whilst still producing the high-quality food Scotland is known for.”