THE Scottish Government will put more than £200 million into research projects to boost food security and address climate change and the biodiversity crisis.

Nicola Sturgeon will announce the funding during her visit to the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh on Friday.

The research projects will look at ways to tackle climate change, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock and producing crops on vertical farms.

The programme will run until 2027 and looks to focus on strategic environment, natural resources and agriculture projects.

The First Minister will also hold a breakfast briefing with industry leaders at the agricultural show.

Sturgeon is expected to say: “The Scottish Government provides significant funding to our major research institutes to explore issues such as planet and animal health, and food security.

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“In total, we are investing more than £200m in the next five years, which will support over 150 projects.

“They cover issues which are of central concern to the agriculture sector such as the resilience of livestock to climate change; how to reduce climate change emissions from farming and livestock; and the way in which anti-microbial resistance and pathogens spread into the food chain, and then into humans.

“The support confirms our determination, in a tough financial climate, to ensure that Scotland continues to make an important contribution to research on agriculture and the environment, contributing to the success and sustainability of our farming and food sectors.

“The Royal Highland Show celebrates the best in farming, food and the rural industry across Scotland and I am very pleased to visit this year to celebrate the show’s 200th anniversary.”