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Support for agricultural training opportunities.
A £30,000 funding package has been agreed to provide agricultural training opportunities for young farmers and other young people working in the rural economy.
The grant was agreed during a meeting between the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) and Minister for Young People Aileen Campbell. The SAYFC is Scotland's largest rural youth organisation, it provides members with a range of opportunities including training, travel and personal development.
Confirming the funding, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said:
"I am firmly committed to helping increase opportunities for young farmers and other young people in rural communities, and I recognise the valuable work of the SAYFC.
"That is why I am pleased to be able to give the organisation a grant of £30,000 towards the delivery of agricultural and rural training and development activities for its members.
"During their meeting today, the SAYFC updated the Minister for Young People on their plans for securing the long-term sustainability of their organisation, and the use they are making of the advisory support package provided through Lloyds Foundation, including advice on alternative funding sources and assistance with presenting proposals.
"As part of the on-going national discussion on the Future of Scottish Agriculture, we have also been in discussion with the SAYFC. I look forward to their continued involvement in helping to realise my vision of a productive, innovative and profitable future for Scottish farming."
National Chairman of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs Scott Wilson said:
"We are grateful for this funding offer which will help ensure we can continue providing personal development opportunities for rural youth throughout Scotland. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss with Aileen Campbell the association and its value to young people. We look forward to working with Mr Lochhead and his team."
The funding is for the 2016-17 financial year.
The Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) brings together young people in rural Scotland who are interested in agricultural and the countryside. It is an organisation for members run by members.
Membership is open to anyone between 14 and 30 years of age and there are more than 80 affiliated clubs across Scotland.
The organisation's main aim is to offer personal development opportunities for young people and encourage members to think and speak for themselves.