- mild acidification equipment (all projects must buy acid storage, dosing equipment, mixing tank and pump)
- acidification infrastructure (for example, any work to adapt or install pipework, pumps etc to get slurry into the acidification system and then out to storage).
There will also be grants for various types of robotics and innovation equipment, including:
- robotic animal welfare equipment (for example, robotic milking, robotic feeding)
- advanced ventilation control systems for existing horticultural and livestock buildings
- robotic horticulture and arable equipment (for example, robotic weeding, robotic harvesting)
- wavelength-specific LED lighting for horticultural crops.
The application window opened today and will run until March 16. A total of £25m is available under the scheme, which can pay up to 40% of costs, with the remainder paid for through private sources. Grants will be paid in arrears.
One of the aims of the scheme is reducing environmental impacts. Robotic equipment utilising an electric or renewable energy source will therefore be prioritised over fossil fuel (for example diesel) powered equipment. Biofuels are considered as renewable energy under this scheme.
The Farming Investment Fund, which opened in November, is designed to increase productivity on farms. Defra is urging farmers and agricultural contractors to take advantage of this opportunity to apply for grants to buy new equipment and infrastructure to ‘improve efficiency and help us build back greener’. Further themed grants will open later this year.
- Guidance: Farming Investment Fund guidance
- Guidance Improving Farm Productivity
- Eligibility checker: https://check-farming-transformation-fund.defra.gov.uk/productivity/start
- Future Farming Blog: 1https://defrafarming.blog.gov.uk/2021/12/15/the-farming-investment-fund-more-notice-more-information-and-a-new-opportunity-ahead/
- Future Farming Blog 2: https://defrafarming.blog.gov.uk/2021/11/16/the-farming-investment-fund-launches-today/
Defra will host a webinar on January 24, at 10am, to explore the details of the Improving Farm Productivity theme, and will be available to answer questions.
You can register HERE