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“Application deadline should be extended due to poor timing of announcement”

Robert Sullivan Responds to New Technology Funding Announcement from Defra

“At first glance, the application process is relatively straight forward however we found that the estimated 15 minute time-frame didn’t account for the level of time needed to accurately assess the specifications of the equipment being purchased and compile all the necessary information to complete the application.

Whilst the scheme is welcomed, the timing of the application window is unfortunate with harvest about to begin, it’s one of the busiest times of year for UK farmers.

The farming sector is facing unprecedented change, and decisions around investments to improve technical efficiency, animal welfare or nutrient management cannot be made lightly or under pressure of time. As direct advisors to farmers across the North of England, we try and ensure all capital investments are well thought through and justified before committing to the project. While some investments will be an obvious step for some farmers, we also fear that due to the time pressure, many farmers might submit an application without fully thinking through the consequences just because of the opportunity to obtain some additional funding.  Obtaining grant funding should not be the tail that wags the dog!

The announcement of the scheme opening is already some 6 months later than hoped but to give rural businesses time and space to ensure the right decisions are made regarding technology investments we would like to see the deadline extended beyond the 3rd September closing date.”

Please click here for more information on the Countryside Productivity Scheme.

Should you have any further questions about the scheme, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Farm Business Services team:

[team-member name=”Robert Sullivan”]

[team-member name=”Ali Gray”]

[team-member name=”James Severn”]

[team-member name=”Greg Ricketts”]

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