AHDB News Winter 2018

FOR THE HORTICULTURAL INDUSTRY GrowSave News The Government has announced that two new grants are now available from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). These aim to help support agricultural and rural business as part of the Countryside Productivity Scheme. The RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme provides funding for projects in England, which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors (including horticulture) and create jobs and growth in the rural community. The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development but crucially, the Government has guaranteed funding for both grants if they are agreed and signed before the UK’s departure from the EU , even if the grant agreements continue afterwards, subject to applications being ‘good value for money’ and in line with domestic strategic priorities. The new grant schemes are: A. Improving Farm Productivity B. Adding Value to Agri-food What can you use the Improving Farm Productivity grant for? Examples of investments that may qualify for the grant are listed in the OHUKIVVR H]HPSHISL VUSPUL H[ O[[W! ^^^ NYV^ZH]L JV \R UL^Z government-launches-two-new- grant-schemes-for-rural-business). They include: ࠮ The use of robotic equipment and systems to aid crop production ࠮ Increasing the use of renewable heat and electricity produced on farm or nursery by improving energy storage and distribution (including heat distribution UL[^VYRZ MVY YLUL^HISL OLH[ schemes and battery storage to THRL IL[[LY \ZL VM ZLSM NLULYH[LK power) ࠮ The use of LED wavelength controlled lighting to aid crop production ࠮ 4VYL LɉJPLU[ \ZL VM SP]LZ[VJR slurries and manures, and digestate What can you use the Adding Value to Agri-food grant for? Funding under this grant scheme can help pay for: ࠮ Equipment and machinery ࠮ Constructing or improving buildings associated with all aspects of processing As an example, for the horticulture sector, this would include investment PU NYHKPUN HUK WHJRPUN LX\PWTLU[ MVY fruit or vegetables. See overleaf for more details about the grants and application process. New grants available Winter 2018 Jon Swain