WHARFEDALE and Washburn Valley farmers are being invited to apply for grants to help cover the cost of equipment.

Applications to Defra’s Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme - for equipment related to technical efficiency, animal health and welfare, resource efficiency and nutrient management - can be made up until November 4.

The grants, of between £3,000 and £12,000, cover 40 per cent of standard equipment cost. Farmer Network grant specialist Veronica Waller said: “Many farmers have been enquiring about when this grant scheme might open again. Although we were expecting it to re-open this autumn the announcement on October 7 was a surprise and there is only a four week application period.

“It is a relatively easy on-line application process without the need to obtain quotes, but farmers should make sure the equipment purchased meets the specification and must carefully check the evidence they need before claiming the grant.”

For more details visit www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-productivity-small-grant-cpsg-scheme-round-3.