Productivity Grant to help farmers improve farm productivity
The Government has recently released a Productivity Grant scheme to help livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural farmers improve farm productivity through:
• the use of robotic equipment to aid crop and livestock production
• increasing the use of renewable energy produced on farm by improving energy storage and distribution
• the use of LED wavelength controlled lighting to aid crop production
• more efficient use of livestock slurries and manures, and digestate
Examples of project where a grant could be available:
1. A large-scale dairy farmer will purchase 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 deliver significant savings on fertiliser, reduce ammonia emissions and mean that cattle can graze treated grassland earlier than with previous, low-trajectory splash plate.
2. A large-scale pig farmer with an anaerobic digester will install an advanced digestate processing system, including a separator, pumps, centrifuges and filters. This will deliver the ability to separate the fibre fraction and produce a concentrated liquid fertiliser, reducing the need to purchase fertiliser and improving productivity.
More examples and detail about applying are covered here. The deadline for applications is 3rd December 2018.