Country Smallholding - - December News -

THE GOVERN­MENT has com­mit­ted £ 30m for fur­ther rounds of fund­ing for the Coun­try­side Pro­duc­tiv­ity Small Grants scheme (CPSGS), which en­ables farms of all sizes to ap­ply for grants of be­tween £ 3,000£12,000 to pur­chase equip­ment that is re­quired to boost pro­duc­tiv­ity and in­crease yields. The fund is open to cat­tle, sheep and pig farm­ers, as well as pre­ci­sion farming and re­source man­age­ment equip­ment for arable farm­ers.

En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Michael Gove said: “We know that by em­brac­ing tech­nol­ogy — such as fruit ripeness spec­trom­e­ters or calv­ing de­tec­tors — farm busi­nesses can be­come more ef­fi­cient, pro­duc­tive and re­silient.”

Fol­low­ing in­dus­try feed­back, new items have also been added to the list of equip­ment el­i­gi­ble for fund­ing in the sec­ond round, in­clud­ing ni­tro­gen-mea­sur­ing de­vices for cal­cu­lat­ing fer­tiliser ap­pli­ca­tion for crops.

The next ap­pli­ca­tion win­dow opens in early 2019. To find out more visit www.gov.uk/ guid­ance/coun­try­side-pro­duc­tiv­ity-scheme.

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