If you are considering an investment in robotics, on-farm water storage or LED lighting then grants are available.
The Farming Investment Fund was launched by Defra to support capital investment in technology that will improve productivity. It is part of package of measures to support farmers during the transition from the Basic Payment Scheme towards the new Environmental Land Management scheme.
The Farming Investment fund has two elements:
1.Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF)
FETF offers grants between £2,000 and £25,000) can be spent on equipment that improves technical efficiency, animal health and welfare, resource efficiency or nutrient management.
Round 1 closes on 7 January 2022. There is a set list of allowed purchases.
How to apply. More information FETFEnquiries@rpa.gov.uk
2. Farming Transformation Fund (FTF)
FTF offers grants of between £35,000 and £500,000 for up to 40% of the total cost of the capital item. It provides grants for purchase of robotic or autonomous equipment and systems, on-farm water management infrastructure, precision agriculture equipment (for example, low emission and variable-rate nutrient or pesticide application), equipment and technology for storing, sorting, or processing products. To be eligible the purchase must improve farm productivity while reducing environment impacts and the funding is being made available in tranches.
FTF: Water Management grant – open now
The grant can pay up to 40% of the costs for:
- constructing water storage reservoirs
- abstraction points, pumps and pipework to fill a reservoir
- irrigation pumps, controls, underground water distribution systems
- best-practice application equipment such as boom or trickle irrigators
- software and sensors to optimise water application
Expressions of interest 12 January 2022, application 30th June 2022.
The list of eligible items is as follows:
- Robotic harvesting equipment
- Robotic weeding equipment
- Robotic spraying equipment
- Autonomous driverless tractors or platforms
- Voluntary robotic milking system
- Robotic feeding systems
- Robotic transplanting
- Advanced ventilation control units
- Wavelength specific LED lighting for horticultural crops
- Installation of slurry acidification equipment (to improve nutrient management and reduce ammonia emissions).
Check if you’re eligible 19 January – 16 March 2022
Full application 19 January- 14 September 2022
More information FTF@rpa.gov.uk
FTF: Adding value to agri-food – no date yet
(no details available yet)
Note: the standard costs are based on applications for the Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG), Defra has looked at what farmers actually paid for those items, and where the standard costs had differed by more than a couple of percent, they’ve adjusted the standard costs accordingly.