Food and farming go green with £40m grant

A £40 million grant scheme has been launched to boost sustainability and productivity among UK farmers and food processors. Announced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, the initiative aims to boost […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A £40 million grant scheme has been launched to boost sustainability and productivity among UK farmers and food processors.

Announced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, the initiative aims to boost investment in innovative new technology and equipment such as robotics to help livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural farmers to reduce cost or improve product quality.

The funding can be used on a wide range of sustainable investments, such as more efficient milking machines, greener tractors or less wasteful irrigation systems.

The scheme also offers funds for food processors to improve the processing of milk, meat and fruit.

Mr Gove said: “This new funding is a wonderful opportunity for our farmers and food processors to invest in the technology they need to boost productivity, competition and of course, sustainability as a key factor in future proofing our world leading food and farming industry.”