Improving Farm Productivity Grant

Improving Farm Productivity Grant

Roger Parry and Partners is encouraging farmers in England to apply for the “Improving Farm Productivity” grant which is part of the Countryside Productivity Scheme. We believe that due to the uncertainty of BPS payments in the future, it is important for farmers to diversify and boost the productivity of their business by investing in modern technologies.

The grant is aimed at improving farm productivity through:

  • the use of robotic equipment
  • increasing the use of renewable energy produced on farm by improving storage and distribution
  • the use of LED wavelength controlled lighting
  • more efficient use of livestock slurries and manures, and digestate

Examples of Eligible Projects

  • Improving Efficiency – A dairy business could invest in 2 milking robots and a robotic silage pusher. The new robots will improve monitoring of cow health, labour efficiency, and yield which will improve overall farm efficiency and productivity.
  • Improving Slurry Application – Purchasing slurry application equipment including inline, real-time nutrient sensor, flow meters and a trailing shoe application system to fit to an existing slurry tanker. This will create significant savings on fertiliser, reduce ammonia emissions and mean that cattle can graze treated grassland earlier.
  • Make better use of renewable heat generated on farm – Installation of a heat distribution main, heat exchangers and an innovative ventilation system. This will distribute renewable heat from boilers powered by poultry litter. The project will deliver cost savings by reducing the use of liquid petroleum gas by over 50% and will also improve animal welfare.

The grant covers up to 40% of the overall cost of the project, with the minimum grant being £35,000 and the maximum grant being £1,000,000.

The application deadline is 3rd December 2018.

If you would like any further information or assistance with the application process, please call one of our offices: Oswestry 01691 655334, Welshpool 01938 554499, Shrewsbury 01743 343343, Minsterley 01743 791336 or Carmarthenshire 07498 717778.