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Overall budget and share of EU funding
A financial aid of € 2,133.3 million of which € 676.3 million is EU financed, including € 317 million from voluntary modulation (47%), has been allocated to the Rural Development Programme for Scotland for the period 2007- 2013.
* EAFRD: European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Overall aim of RD programme
Axis 1 budget allocation and main priorities:
Total budget: € 305,951,943 - EAFRD contribution: € 96,497,745
Main priorities: Modernisation of agricultural holdings (32% of total public expenditure for axis 1), Adding value to agriculture and forestry products (26% of axis 1 total public expenditure) & vocational training (18% of total public expenditure). Other measures include: setting up of young farmers, use of advisory services, improvement of the economic value of forests, co-operation for the development of new products, infrastructure related to adaptation and development.
Axis 2 budget allocation and main priorities:
Total budget: € 1,468,678,865 - EAFRD contribution: € 463,223,724
Main priorities: Less Favoured Areas (42% of total public expenditure for axis 2); Agri-environment payments (30% of axis 2 total public expenditure) including organic farming and 1st afforestation of agricultural and non-agricultural land (16% axis 2 total public expenditure). Other measures include: non-productive environmental investments and forest environment payments.
Axes 3 budget allocation and main priorities:
Total budget: € 247,767,585 - EAFRD contribution: € 78,146,303
Main priorities: Encouragement of tourism activities (37% of axis 3 total public expenditure); Basic services for the economy and rural population (20% of axis 3 total public expenditure) & Diversification into non-agricultural activities (16% of axis 3 total public expenditure) and business creation and development (15% of axis 3 total public expenditure). Other measures include: Conservation & upgrading of the rural heritage, training and information, skills acquisition & animation.
Leader budget allocation:
Total budget: € 107,544,354 – EAFRD contribution: € 37,640,524
Leader may be used to deliver objectives across all 3 axes, but it is anticipated that it will mainly focus on axis 3.
 The "croft" usually provides grazing rights in an area of common grazing shared with a number of other crofts. In 2005, there were around 17 800 crofts in Scotland and 14 000 crofters.