£25 Million funding for high tech machinery on farms

£25 Million funding for high tech machinery on farms

Farmers and growers in England can apply for up to £500,000 in Government funding to invest in cutting edge robotics and technology to boost food production.

Grants ranging from £35,000 up to £500,000 are available to invest in productivity-boosting equipment such as driverless tractors, robots that harvest, spray crops and weed, and automated milking systems.

The new scheme, worth £25 million in total, is the latest instalment of the Farming Investment Fund – an umbrella fund which opened in November and is designed to increase productivity on farms. It’s part of the Government’s Agricultural Transition Plan – the biggest changes to farming in more than 50 years, which will reward farmers and landowners for actions which benefit the environment, supporting sustainable food production alongside vital nature recovery and work towards net zero.

The application window for the Improving Farm Productivity theme of the Farming Investment Fund has opened today. Farmers and agricultural contractors are being urged to take advantage of this opportunity to apply for grants to buy new equipment and infrastructure to improve efficiency and help us build back greener. Further themed grants will open later this year.

Farmers will also be able to apply for grants towards new slurry management systems. They can purchase equipment that lowers the acid in slurry which in turn increases the nutrients for plants and reduces ammonia emissions and pollution. This will contribute to the 25 Year Environment Plan, Clean Air Strategy, and Government commitments to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The application window for the fund is open from 19th January to 16th March. Further information on the Farming Investment Fund is available below:

Farming Investment Fund guidance

Improving Farm Productivity

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