More than 3,600 farmers are set to benefit from £22 million of cash to boost productivity under Round 2 of the Government’s Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme.
Mollie Leach reports.
Grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 have been awarded to successful applicants to invest in new equipment, from livestock monitoring cameras to precision farming technology.
In total, around £37 million has already been allocated to farmers, with the third and final funding round forecast to open in 2020.
NFU deputy president, Guy Smith, welcomed the funding.
He said: “It is good news that more money over and above the original £15 million is being made available so eligible farmers can invest in new and innovative equipment, such as livestock monitoring cameras, to help boost on-farm productivity, which will, in turn, enable them to re-invest in their businesses.”
Farming Minister, George Eustice said he was ‘delighted’ all eligible applicants had been approved as part of Round 2 of the scheme, adding it would help farmers to invest in ‘game-changing technology’.
Items added to the list of equipment available for this Small Grants Scheme will minimise soil compaction in fields, monitor ammonia levels in farm buildings and increase the machinery precision when applying slurry.
Successful applicants must accept their offers by midnight on November 10. They are being encouraged to make early orders to leave time for deliveries to arrive and claims to be processed by May 2020.