Border Union awards plan for farming innovators

new farming awards are being launched at the Border Union Show on Friday.

Prizes will go to businesses at the forefront of developing farming and will support competitiveness and innovation.

Organisers Scottish Borders Council, Border Union Agricultural Society, NFU Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates want to support farming’s main role, producing food and its part in climate change, biodiversity and rural communities.

SBC’s economic development spokesperson, Councillor Vicky Davidson, said: “Day-to-day engineering solutions often go unrecognised and, at a wider level, the degree of technological innovation in the agricultural sector is often underestimated compared with other high-tech sectors of the economy.”

Latest government figures show Borders agriculture supports 1,942 full and part-time jobs and a total workforce of 4,031 – about eight per cent of the total workforce. Farming, hunting and forestry are worth £108million annually to the local economy

The awards will be open for applications in November, with awards announced in early 2012.