- Includes the convergence programme for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and the Competitiveness programme for lowland and upland Scotland.
- Rural areas account for 98% of land mass and 19% of population.
- Primary sector accounts for 11% of employment.
- Agricultural land covers 80% of Scottish territory but harsh climate, poor soils and mountainous terrain limits land use. 85% classified LFA and most is rough grazing. Only 10% of the UAA is used for crops, fallow and set-aside.
- Average farm size 101 ha. However, 39% of holdings are less than 5 ha, particularly in the North and West where the 'crofting' system is important.
- Forest covers 17.1% of Scotland, a substantial proportion of which is under state ownership.
- 2.2% of the total workforce in Scotland (5% of the rural workforce) is employed in agriculture.
- 1.2% of the total workforce is employed in food manufacturing.
- Tourism plays an important role in the Scottish rural economy.
Chosen strategy corresponding to the profile
- Support business viability, add value to the rural economy and facilitate increased market orientation.
- Support a coherent and integrated approach to meet environmental objectives.
- Encourage private enterprise and entrepreneurship, improve services and infrastructure at local level& support
- Scotland's cultural opportunities.
- Support capacity building and innovation.
Overall budget and share of EU funding
A financial aid of € 2,133.3 million of which € 676.3 million is EU financed, including € 317 million from voluntary modulation (47%), has been allocated to the Rural Development Programme for Scotland for the period 2007- 2013.