New grant scheme to boost farm and agri-food processing productivity (E)

A £40m grants scheme to support investment in productivity-enhancing farm and agri-food technology has been added to the portfolio of programmes operated under the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).

‘Countryside Productivity Scheme: Guidance’ explains how farmers and food processors can find out if they and their projects are eligible for grants, then guides them through the application process.

The scheme opens the second phase of the RDPE large grants programme administered by the Rural Payments Agency. The first phase in July included a £6m fund for Improving Forestry Productivity and a £14m scheme for Water Resource Management.

A wide range of technology and equipment for farm and meat/fruit/milk processing applications qualify for the grants, which are currently funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

The government has guaranteed that funding will continue post Brexit for projects that have been agreed and signed providing they are

  • good value for money
  • in line with domestic strategic priorities

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