Have your say on next round of Productivity and Slurry grants
21st Jun 2023 / By Alistair Driver
Farmers can make their views known on the items that should be included in the next round of under the Productivity and Slurry theme of the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF).
Under the first round of the scheme, grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 were available towards the cost of specific items from a prescribed list which can be found here.
The grant was available early this year to farmers and foresters for equipment and technology to boost farm productivity, increase environmental sustainability and aid with the management of slurry.
Earlier this month, Defra announced a significant uplift on the original £17 million made available under the Productivity and Slurry grant, to £31m, to meet popular demand, with over 3,000 applicants set to receive grants.
The items in the Productivity and Slurry list aim to improve agricultural sustainability and horticultural and forestry productivity, helping farmers use less inputs, reduce emissions and cut waste.
Defra has been seeking views to help it shape the list of items for the next round. The survey was due to close on 3 July. However, in response to requests to keep the survey open for a little longer, the deadline has been extended the deadline to midday, Wednesday July 12.
Through the following surveys, Defra is seeking views on:
- the items you would like included
- the items you would like removed
- the specifications you would like updated
Slurry Infrastructure grant
Changes have been made to the guidance for guidance for apply for a Slurry Infrastructure grant, a separate scheme to the above, in terms of who can apply and what the grant can pay for.
There is added information to help applicants understand what local planning authorities may consider when receiving applications for slurry storage.