Government announces productivity-boosting grants for farmers

The Government has announced grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to help farmers buy new and innovative equipment to help them save time and money and improve their productivity.

The grants are the third and final round of the Government’s £25 million Countryside Productivity Small Grants (CPSG) scheme, which is aimed at improving the efficiency of farm businesses through the purchase of items such as livestock monitoring cameras and precision farming technology.

Under the scheme, which opened its first round in 2018, farmers can buy a range of items that will benefit the environment, from equipment designed to help minimise soil compaction in fields to monitors that measure ammonia levels in buildings.

The list of items on offer has grown since 2018 and farmers who have been successful in applying for grants in previous rounds of the scheme will also be able to apply for different pieces of equipment within this final round up to the scheme’s limit of £12,000 per farmer, meaning that they can streamline other elements of their business or start the move towards farming more sustainably.

£35 million has been allocated to farmers in the scheme’s first two funding rounds, with the announcement made in early October bringing the total funding made available under the scheme to £60 million.

When the third round of the scheme was announced, a spokesman for the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), which administers the grants, urged farmers to consider how using the grant could improve their business or help them to prepare for their future farming.

Farmers have until noon on 4 November to make an application to the RPA.

Posted in Andrew Heskin, Chris Wright.