Government Sets Aside £30 Million to Boost Farm Productivity

Published: 16 October 2018 by KTN
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The government has announced it is committing a further £30 million to the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme, which helps England’s farmers buy the equipment they need to boost productivity and increase yields.

The first round of funding was launched earlier this year and the government is on course to award more than £15 million to those farmers who applied to buy new equipment. This will include equipment specific to cattle, sheep and pig farmers, as well as precision farming and resource management equipment for arable farmers.

Farmers can apply online, requesting a grant of between £3,000 and £12,000 towards the costs of farm equipment. Grants can cover up to 40% of the eligible costs within an application.

Following industry feedback, new items have been added to the list of equipment eligible for funding, including fruit ripeness spectrometers and nitrogen-measuring devices for calculating fertiliser application for crops.

Most of the items offered through the scheme are readily available from different stockists, so applicants are encouraged to shop around when looking for items so that they can claim as quickly as possible.

The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said:

"The UK is a world-leader for talent in agriculture and technology, so there are real opportunities for our burgeoning agri-tech sector. Harnessing technology enables our hard working farmers to become even more productive and environmentally efficient.

"We are already seeing the rewards of investing in agri-tech, with further funding of around £30m confirmed for farmers to purchase hi-tech equipment. We know that by embracing technology – such as fruit ripeness spectrometers or calving detectors – farm businesses can become more efficient, productive and resilient."

The next application window will open in early 2019.

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