British farmers are being urged to apply for ‘The Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme Round 2’ as soon as possible, with the deadline for applications fast approaching.
Now open to all farm types, including livestock, horticulture and arable businesses, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) grant closes at midday on September 3.
The scheme provides funding for projects in England that improve productivity in the farming sectors and help to create jobs and growth in the rural economy.
There is a range of equipment eligible for funding, providing it helps to achieve improvement in one of the following areas: technical efficiency, animal health and welfare, resource efficiency, or nutrient management.
This means that Hydor, specialists in fan engineering and system design in agriculture and horticulture, possesses equipment in its portfolio that qualifies for funding under this grant.
Andrew Mann, Business Manager at Hydor, comments: “The second round of this scheme specifically states that our Positive Pressure Tube Ventilation system is eligible for the grant, allowing for a sizeable proportion of the cost to be claimed back.
“The ventilation system provides a constant supply of fresh air, diluting foul air and ensuring consistent temperatures. It has also proven to reduce cases of pneumonia as a result of damp and humid air conditions, and is ideal for dairy, beef and equine applications.”
With the chance to secure funding of between £3,000 and £12,000, Hydor is encouraging those interested to act quickly to ensure that they don’t lose out.
Andrew concludes: “The move by DEFRA to support growth in our industry should be welcomed by all, and the opportunity that it extends to farmers who are looking to improve their capabilities is exciting.
“The application process can be completed online, and with the deadline fast approaching, we’re keen to make sure that those who qualify act quickly and don’t miss out.”
For more information on how to apply for the grant, visit: www.hydor.co.uk/agriculture/defra-grant