Claire welcomed a new £60 million grants scheme where farmers can bid for cash to buy new farm equipment. The scheme, announced by Farming Minister George Eustice, has been designed with simplicity in mind, to save farmers valuable time.
Farmers can apply online to the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme, requesting a grant between £3,000 and £12,000 towards the costs of farm equipment.
Last year Defra also opened a series of offers for larger grants through the Countryside Productivity scheme. Farmers can apply for grants of over £35,000 for a range of different projects, including for making more efficient use of resources, processing products, and other innovative projects.
Commenting on the news, Claire said:
“It is great to see the Government providing support for our hardworking farmers. By subsidising the cost of new farming equipment, we can ensure that the UK’s farming industry continues to be able to access the latest equipment and embark on more innovative and ambitious projects.”