Research projects that boost food security and tackle the climate change and biodiversity crises will receive more than £200million over five years from the Scottish Government.
Nicola Sturgeon announced the funding during a visit to the Royal Highland Show near Edinburgh.
The research program will continue until 2027 and will focus on strategic projects in the environment, natural resources and agriculture.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock and growing crops on vertical farms will be among the goals of the research projects.
The Prime Minister also hosted a breakfast briefing with industry leaders at the agricultural show this morning.
“The Scottish Government provides significant funding to our key research institutes to explore issues such as planetary and animal health and food safety,” she said.
“In total, we are investing over £200m over the next five years, which will support over 150 projects.
“They cover issues that are central to the concerns of the agricultural sector such as the resilience of livestock to climate change; how to reduce climate change emissions from agriculture and livestock; and how antimicrobial resistance and pathogens spread through the food chain and then into humans.
“This support confirms our determination, in a difficult financial climate, to ensure that Scotland continues to make an important contribution to agricultural and environmental research, contributing to the success and sustainability of our sectors. agriculture and food.
“The Royal Highland Show celebrates the best of agriculture, food and rural industry across Scotland and I am very pleased to visit this year to celebrate the show’s 200th anniversary.”
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