East Lothian Council

Farm diversification event will focus on maximising income

Published Thursday 25th January 18

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Farmers who want to build the future of their business by diversifying into new activities can often be daunted by the level of investment they need.

That’s where Tyne Esk LEADER can help. A rural development grant scheme funded  by the European Union and the Scottish Government, it offers funding for eligible farm diversification and rural enterprise projects in Midlothian and East Lothian (apart from Musselburgh and Dalkeith).

If you’re a farmer looking for ideas on how to innovate and diversify, or if you want more information and advice on the funding opportunities that could be open to you, Tyne Esk LEADER can help.

To coincide with Farm Diversification Week, they’re hosting a special event called ‘Maximise your farm income’ on Tuesday 20 February at the National Mining Museum Scotland, Newtongrange, from 11am to 2pm.

The free event will include short presentations and case studies from a range of speakers on land management, diversification and funding opportunities, along with the opportunity for questions and networking. Subjects will include managing land, food and drink, manufacturing and processing and tourism.

East Lothian Council’s Cabinet Spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, John McMillan, said:

“I’d encourage anyone with an interest to attend this event.

A diversification project could involve anything from refurbishing a farm steading into an office or shopping space, to perhaps creating a new local tourist attraction. By generating extra income and a range of other benefits,

it’s a great way of helping to protect the future of a farming business.”

To find out more about the farm diversification event and to book a place, please visit www.eventbrite.com

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