Flood funding available for farmers hit by floods in ScotlandStaff writer ▼ | February 2, 2016
Farmers affected by recent floods will be able to apply for a grant to help repair man-made floodbanks, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has confirmed.
Repair scheme Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead:
The Scottish Government has worked in partnership with NFU Scotland to develop a scheme that will deliver targeted help with minimal red tape.
Lochhead said: “Farmers who require support to restore man-made floodbanks on their farms can now apply for the Agricultural Floodbank Repair Grant Scheme. This scheme is made up of £1 million funding and will cover the standard costs of repairs, up to a cap of £20,000 per business, and cover farmers affected by flooding in nine local authorities during December and early January.
“I also recently announced a number of measures to complement this scheme, including flexibility on greening and cross compliance rules, following a visit to a farm in Perthshire, where it was jaw dropping to see the scale and impact of the flooding.
“SEPA will also take a pragmatic approach while farmers turn their efforts to getting things back to normal.” ■