Grant aids livestock production
Published:  21 September, 2015

Members of the agricultural industry have the chance to receive a grant from anywhere between £5,000 and £150,000. 

The opportunity comes as part of a £5 million funding scheme available under the latest phase of the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-agri) grants.

The grants are designed to last for up to three years and to encourage new farming techniques, and assist in the improvement of sustainability of the farming and forestry sectors.

“This fund has the potential to really benefit livestock production,” said Nick Allen, AHDB sector director for beef and lamb.

“Innovation is key to the development and enhancement of the farming industry, so any extra funding that can encourage this is most welcome. The exchange of knowledge and best practice may help encourage cooperation through joint initiatives, either between farmers or with the supply chain.”

Throughout this month, several workshops will take place across the country for operational groups considering submitting an application. The workshops are intended to allow the groups to share and test new ideas, as well as learning about creating their proposals.

Farming Minister George Eustice said: “This fund will enable groups to come together to test and implement exciting new ideas to solve problems and increase farm and forest productivity. By looking to other sectors, such as medicine, for inspiration and knowledge transfer, it facilitates even greater innovation.”

Groups consisting of two or more members made up of farmers, forest managers, researchers, businesses and NGOs across the UK are all eligible to apply for a grant.

“I look forward to seeing the interesting work that will follow to boost and protect rural productivity,” added Eustice.