Scotland: £200m fund to help launch 150 agricultural projects

Projects which aim to boost food security in Scotland while improving the environment will benefit from a major funding program worth £200m. The £200m funds will be invested in a variety of innovative studies, including research centered on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture.

Researchers will look into the feasibility of vertical farms, which could help produce a wide range of economically valuable crops.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the investment through the 2022 to 2027 Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Strategic Research Programme (SRP). "In total, we are investing more than £200 million in the next five years, which will support over 150 projects," she explained.

"They cover issues such as the resilience of livestock to climate change; how to reduce climate change emissions from farming; and the way in which anti-microbial resistance and pathogens spread into the food chain and then into humans.

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