Raspberry consortium wins cash injection

The Scottish Government has given the UK's Raspberry Breeding Consortium £395,000 to put towards a £1m five-year programme that includes £150,000 from the Horticultural Development Company's (HDC) soft fruit sector budget.

Members of the consortium include the HDC, Mylnefield Research Services - the commercial arm of the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI) - as well as growers and plant propagators.

The SCRI welcomed the investment, announced by Scotland's rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead at NFU Scotland's annual general meeting last month.

An SCRI spokesman said: "We are extremely grateful for the support being given by the Scottish Government."


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