Grants aim to boost farmers productivity and benefit the environment

The third and final round of the government’s Countryside Productivity Small Grants (CPSG) scheme is offering £25 million to farmers in England for productivity-boosting farming equipment.

Under the scheme, farmers can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to buy new and innovative equipment that will save them time and money, and also improve productivity.

Last year, new items were added to the list of the equipment available that will help farmers to benefit the environment, such as equipment to reduce soil compaction in fields, monitor ammonia levels in farm buildings, and increase machinery precision when applying slurry.

Farmers who received grants in previous rounds of the scheme can apply for different pieces of equipment within this final round, up to the scheme’s limit of £12,000 per farmer, enabling them to streamline other parts of their business or begin farming more sustainably.

Farming Minister Victoria Prentis said: “Coming from a farming family, I have experienced first-hand the benefits that having innovative equipment can bring, including saving businesses time and money while improving yields and minimising the impact we have on the environment around us. Our landmark Agriculture Bill sets out further measures to help farmers become more productive, efficient and resilient, with specific productivity grants expected to be available from 2021.”

Rural Payments Agency Chief Executive Paul Caldwell said: “It’s fantastic to be able to announce a third round of the ever-popular Small Grants scheme. Having access to game-changing innovative technology can make a real difference to farmers and help boost the productivity of the whole farming sector in England.”

Farmers have until midday on 4th November to make a CPSG application to the Rural Payments Agency.

Further detail on the support available from 2021 is due to be released later this year.

 

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