Friday, 8 January 2010

Gibson welcomes Government funding for the Highlands

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SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed the news that the Highlands is to received around £20million from the Scottish Government to boost the economy and help tackle climate change.

Mr Gibson comments come after from Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochead announced the latest recipients of the rural priorities scheme within the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP).

All in all 147 projects in the region will benefit from the funding. Among these is a £435,484 grant for Curdie Farm in Easter Ross to increase yield and cut transport costs. The funding means that they will be able to retain the 11 jobs already there and add part time staff during harvest time.

Also benefiting is Achiltibuie Garden ltd. The garden which was founded in 2008 sells hydroponic growing kits to grow vegetables, salad plants, herbs and fruit will receive £66,000. for a visitors centre.

Other schemes included are money for the diversification of a Nairn farm into free range egg production and species conservation near Grantown-on-Spey

Mr Gibson said…

"This is great news for the Highlands. In harsh economic times this funding will not only benefit the economy but also the local community."

"Rural communities are key in a strong Scotland so it is great to see them getting the support they deserve through this funding. I congratulate all the projects which have been successful in securing funding. It will make a positive difference to each community strengthen them and making them more sustainable. As well as offering employment locally. It is good news for the start of the new decade."

"I congratulate all those who have benefited from the grant it shows the ingenuity and hard work that exists in local business and I hope that they continue to from strength to strength on the back of this funding."


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