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UK Environment Secretary opens £40m fund to boost farm productivity

Staff Writer |
Farmers will get a £40 million productivity boost as the Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced the opening of a new grants scheme for investment in cutting edge technology and new equipment.

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Speaking at the 2017 World Dairy Summit in Belfast, the Secretary of State will invite farmers and food processors to apply for grants under the Countryside Productivity scheme.

Under the scheme, grants are available to help livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural farmers improve farm productivity through investing in new technology, such as robotics, to reduce cost or improve product quality.

The funding can be used on diverse investments, from robotic milking machines to green technology.

The scheme also offers funds for farmers and food processors to invest in new equipment and machinery to improve the processing of milk, meat and fruit.

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