New Agricultural Grant Funding Scheme
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September 16, 2014

A new Rural Development Programme is to be launched beginning on January 1st 2015, the new programme will cover three main areas of support:

  1. Managing the environment
  2. Increasing farming and forestry productivity
  3. Growing the local economy

Of particular interest to Envireau Water clients may be the grants for increasing productivity on farm. We expect that £140 million will be available to support farming and forestry businesses through DEFRA, and as with the previous schemes farmers and foresters will have to bid for a share of the funding to:

  • Invest in new and innovative technology
  • Invest in the latest research and development
  • Improve skills and training
  • Nutrient efficiency and precision farming
  • Water resource efficiency

Our understanding is that the scheme will focus on increasing agricultural, horticultural and forestry output and capacity and creating and securing employment in the sector. The scheme will follow on from the Rural Economy Grant and will fund investment such as:

  • Central storage and packing facilities for fruit, vegetables, combinable crops and livestock
  • Water storage reservoirs and irrigation infrastructure
  • Resource efficiency equipment
  • Processing equipment that adds value and creates new outlets
  • Vocational and advanced training

Those of you that wish to take advantage of the scheme are encouraged to contact us sooner rather than later.