A grant scheme to help farmers improve their efficiency - through the purchase of new technology - has been welcomed by MP Bob Seely.
A total of £25 million has been made available by the Government for productivity-boosting farming equipment in the third and final round of its Countryside Productivity Small Grants (CPSG) scheme.
Under the scheme, farmers can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to buy new and innovative equipment – from livestock monitoring cameras to precision farming technology – which will help save time and money and improve productivity.
Farmers who have been successful in applying for grants in previous rounds of the scheme will also be able to apply for different pieces of equipment within this final round up to the scheme’s limit of £12,000 per farmer.
Farming Minister, Victoria Prentis, said: “Helping our farmers to boost their productivity is absolutely essential, and I’m delighted we’ve been able to make £25 million in grants available to farmers to invest in the latest technology.
“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.”
Mr Seely said: “I hope that Isle of Wight farmers will be able to benefit from these grants. It is important that we support our farmers, primarily to safeguard their businesses and incomes, but also because they are important custodians of our countryside.
“I encourage Island farmers to consider how new equipment could help to improve their efficiency and take a look at the grants available to them.
“We can also support our farmers by purchasing Isle of Wight produce and shopping locally.”
Farmers will have until midday on 4 November to apply for the CPSG scheme.
More information on the scheme can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-productivity-scheme