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Govt in £30m cash boost for farms

New funding will be available in early 2019 with more cash available for fruit and vegetable technology

Govt in £30m cash boost for farms

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The government has committed a further £30 million to agriculture through the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme.

The scheme helps farmers buy equipment to boost productivity and increase yields, with first round of funding for small grants launched in February.

The funding window will open in early 2019, with cash to be more widely available for fruit and veg technology such as fruit ripeness spectrometers after Defra received industry feedback.

Environment secretary Michael Gove said: “The UK is a world-leader for talent in agriculture and technology, so there are real opportunities for our burgeoning agri-tech sector. Harnessing technology enables our hard working farmers to become even more productive and environmentally efficient.

“We are already seeing the rewards of investing in agri-tech, with further funding of around £30m confirmed today for farmers to purchase hi-tech equipment. We know that by embracing technology – such as fruit ripeness spectrometers or calving detectors – farm businesses can become more efficient, productive and resilient.”

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