Young Farmers get £30,000 in funding

Councillor Hamish Partridge.
Councillor Hamish Partridge.

Young Farmers have agreed a £30,000 package with the Scottish Government just eight days after £66,000 in funding was taken from them.

A meeting between the Scottish Association of Young farmers Clubs and the Minister for Young People has seen the £30,000 deal struck to provide agricultural training opportunities for young farmers.

Troup Councillor Hamish Partridge, a former Young Farmer who had spoken out against removal of the£66,000 funding, said: “It is obviously good news they have sat down and come to an agreement that both sides are happy with.

“And I’m delighted that they have seen the positives in this Association.”

The councillor acknowledged it was less funding than the association had previously received and said that if they wished to push for more then he would be happy to help.

Scott Wilson, National Chairman of the SAYFC, said: ““We are grateful for this funding offer which will help ensure we can continue providing personal development opportunities for rural youth throughout Scotland.”

Confirming the funding, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said:“I am firmly committed to helping increase opportunities for young farmers and other young people in rural communities, and I recognise the valuable work of the SAYFC.

“That is why I am pleased to be able to give the organisation a grant of £30,000 towards the delivery of agricultural and rural training and development activities for its members.”