The Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014 - 2020 delivers Pillar 2 of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). It funds economic, environmental and social measures for the benefit of rural Scotland. The SRDP is co-funded by the European Commission and the Scottish Government and reflects the 6 EU Rural Development Priorities. The programme also reflects the Scottish Government National Performance Framework (NPF).
More information on Pillar 1 of the CAP - Direct payments including Greening is available.
The Common Agricultural Policy comprises two ʽpillars.ʼ The first pillar is support to farmersʼ incomes. This support is provided in the form of direct payments and market measures and is entirely financed from the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund. The second pillar is the support provided for the development of rural areas. This support takes the form of Rural Development programmes and is co-financed from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
The original proposals for the proposed SRDP 2014 - 2020 was submitted to the European Commission on Thursday 19th June 2014. After extensive negotiations a revised programme document was officially re-submitted on Monday 30 March 2015. A separate glossary of terms that are used throughout the document.
What is available under the SRDP 2014- 2020?
A list of the proposed schemes is available.
The Rural Development: Agri-Environment Climate Scheme and Forestry Grant Scheme guidance as well information on the payment rates are now available on the Rural Payments and Services website.
What is the Key Purpose and Priorities for SRDP 2014 - 2020?
The key purpose of the SRDP 2014 - 2020 is to help achieve sustainable economic growth in Scotland’s rural areas and the priorities remains broadly the same as the previous programme: The main priorities are:
- Enhancing the rural economy
- Supporting agricultural and forestry businesses
- Protecting and improving the natural environment
- Addressing the impact of climate change
- Supporting rural communities
A Partnership Agreement outlines how the SRDP 2014 - 2020 will have a joined-up approach with other European funds in Scotland for economic growth and fisheries.
Fraud warning - Farmers across Scotland are advised to be alert to ongoing banking scams in which fraudsters are targeting the farming community.
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