£27 million available as Farming Investment Fund opens

Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

A fund of £27 million to invest in productivity-boosting equipment is now open to farmers with the launch of the Farming Investment Fund. Farmers, foresters and growers from across England are being urged to apply for grants to buy new equipment and infrastructure to help to improve efficiency as part of the government’s ambitions to ‘build back greener’. This could include solar powered electric fences, water treatment systems that use ultraviolet light rather than chemicals and cameras for monitoring livestock. The fund will be split across two strands. Firstly, the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund will focus on smaller grants for equipment from a set list, including electronic seeders and chemical-free disinfection systems. Secondly, the Farming Transformation Fund will cover more substantial technology, with the potential to transform business performance. This strand will focus initially on water management with grants available to improve water use on farms for things like crop irrigation and constructing on-farm reservoirs. “I’m pleased to offer support to eligible farmers through the new Farming Investment Fund to invest in technology and infrastructure to boost productivity and deliver environmental benefits,” said farming minister, Victoria Prentis. “Investing in new technology and equipment on farm has a real impact on productivity and yields,…
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