€2.13bn rural development plan for Scotland

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Aid of €2.13 billion, 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. Main priorities are: organic farming; forests; rural heritage; tourism; water quality; landscaping; and environmental management. Some of the key projects include the modernisation of agricultural holdings, adding value to agriculture, forestry products & vocational training. The proposal also:
  • 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[1] 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.

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