£25 million available to help farmers boost productivity
Under the scheme, farmers can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to buy new and innovative equipment from livestock monitoring cameras to precision farming technology which helps businesses save time and money and improve productivity.
Last year, new items were added to the list of the equipment available that will help farmers to benefit the environment, such as equipment designed to help minimise soil compaction in fields, monitor ammonia levels in farm buildings, and increase machinery precision when applying slurry.
Farmers who have been successful in applying for grants in previous rounds of the scheme will also be able to apply for different pieces of equipment within this final round up to the scheme’s limit of £12,000 per farmer, meaning that they can streamline other elements of their business or start the move towards farming more sustainably.
Farmers will have until midday on 4 November to make an application to the Rural Payments Agency. ■