Date lodged: 1 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what assistance and encouragement it gives farmers to use greener forms of farm machinery, and what investment in, and development of, new technologies it is making in this regard.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 15 October 2018
The Scottish Government (SG) has and will continue to support our agricultural sector as we look to promote and encourage a shift towards low carbon farming practices.
Our flagship Farming For A Better Climate initiative supports farmers as the look to reduce their carbon footprint and increase their profitability. Through this initiative we have embraced innovate new approaches including the role of machinery, for example purchasing and trailing a hydrogen fuel supplement system, demonstrating the value of controlled traffic systems and the benefits of the effective use of thermostats, time clocks and motion sensors.
The SG supported Farm Advisory Service continues to provide advice and information in this area for example issuing practical guides on adjusting tire pressures to reduce risks of compaction, integrating renewable energy production into your farm and the benefits to be gained through ensuring machinery/equipment is properly calibrated before use.
The SG also continues to provide backing for industry led projects such as QMS/AHDB Monitor Farm Network, the Soil Association Scotland’s Future Farming Programme and the Wholesome Pigs Ltd: ‘Pig Production Efficiency’ project through our Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF) as we look ensure the long term sustainability of Scottish agriculture in both environmental and economic contexts .