18 November 2021

Farmers will benefit from a £27 million pot to adopt innovative new technology and invest in productivity-boosting equipment as the Farming Investment Fund opened on Tuesday 16 November.

Farmers, foresters and growers from across England are urged to apply for grants to buy new equipment and infrastructure to help to improve efficiency and help us build back greener.This could include solar powered electric fences, water treatment systems that use ultraviolet light rather than chemicals and cameras for monitoring livestock.

The fund will be split across two strands. Firstly, the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund will focus on smaller grants for equipment from a set list including electronic seeders and chemical-free disinfection systems.Secondly, the Farming Transformation Fund will cover more substantial technology, with the potential to transform business performance. This strand will focus initially on water management with grants available to improve water use on farms for things like crops irrigation and constructing on-farm reservoirs.

Eligible applicants involved in the production or processing of agricultural, horticultural or forestry products, who are based in England, can apply for a grant. Applicants are urged to make note of the differing deadlines for both strands of the fund.

The deadline for Farming Equipment and Technology Fund is the 7 January 2022 at midday. The application portal, which includes the eligibility checker, for the Farming Transformation Fund will open from today until the 12 January 2022, with the deadline to complete full applications by 30 June 2022.

Applications for the Farming Transformation Fund can be made online with a new online eligibility checker to improve the application process for these grants.

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