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Jane Imrie

UK farms set for productivity boost with £22m government funding

Thousands of farming businesses across the UK are set to receive funding to boost their productivity.

Round two of the government’s Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme will see over 3,600 farmers receive funds from a £22m pot designed to enhance productivity through investment in new equipment.

Under the scheme, farmers can apply for grants of between £3k and £12k to invest in new equipment – from livestock monitoring cameras to precision farming technology – in a bid to help businesses save time and money and improve productivity.

Farming Minister George Eustice said: “Boosting farm productivity is hugely important, and I’m delighted we’ve been able to fund all applications, supporting farmers to invest in game-changing technology.”

“As a former farmer I know that new equipment can provide a real boost, saving businesses time and money while improving yields.”

Rural Payments Agency chief executive Paul Caldwell added: “The Small Grants scheme is extremely popular with farmers, so it is fantastic to see the funding is being made available for all the eligible applications we received for round two.

“Harnessing innovative technology can provide a real boost for productivity across the farming sector in England, and I am delighted that we are able to help unlock access to new equipment for many farmers.”

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