EQUIPMENT GRANT SCHEME RECEIVES £30M FUNDING BOOST
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.