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UK government to spend £200m on rural economy

Staff Writer |
The UK government’s rural affairs’ minister Lord Gardiner has outlined a £200m boost for businesses in the countryside during a visit to the Suffolk Food Hall near Ipswich.

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Lord Gardiner said some of the funding would be used to improve broadband links for rural businesses while it would also be used for investment by farms, food businesses, or other rural industries.

Lord Gardiner confirmed that funding will be available to support new rural broadband projects, and provide significant amounts of funding to on-farm businesses to invest in new infrastructure such as new buildings and machinery.

The current Rural Development Programme for England is expected to generate 6,750 new jobs. Already more than 1,400 projects have been agreed which are expected to create over 2,300 jobs.

The grants will also fund landowners to improve farm productivity, and invest in rural tourism opportunities.

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