Farming newcomers to receive grants boost

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NFU Scotland has welcomed the announcement that many newcomers to farming are to receive a boost as awards begin under the Scottish Government’s £2 million New Entrants Scheme.

More than 600 new entrants will receive payments of between £1,146 and £4,250 in two instalments.

The first awards will reach bank accounts in the next few days and the second will be paid in early April 2014.

The fund was set up to provide £2 million over two years to support new entrants and deer farmers who are currently ineligible for Scotland’s main direct support scheme, the Single Farm Payment.

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