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    Deadline to apply for part of the dairy fund extended until June

    NewsMonday 08 April 2013
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    Defra has agreed to extend the deadline for applications for the dairy fund, which can see farmers benefit from a share of £5m.

    The money was promised to UK farmers during the SOS Dairy Summit in July last year, and the NFU had called on Defra to offer more farmers the chance to apply. 
     
    The fund aims to help farmers, who must be the primary beneficiaries, to look into cooperating, investing in their business, collaborating around marketing and exploring value-added opportunities. 
     
    Mansel Raymond, the NFU dairy board chairman, said: “The dairy fund is about supporting growth in the dairy industry. This result, that applications can still be received, is great news and I would encourage all dairy farmers to take this opportunity and give applying some serious thought.
     
    “The funding is available to help meet the costs of setting up co-operative or collaborative projects and exploring new market opportunities.
     
    “Having this money made available is essential to improve farmers’ competitiveness, and this is a real opportunity to boost collaboration in the dairy sector and ensure its long term sustainability.”
     
    The NFU will be helping further by providing additional guidance on the types of projects most likely to attract funding. The deadline to apply for the funding through this fantastic scheme has now been extended to Monday 3rd June 2013. 
     
    The fund is part of Defra’s Rural Development Programme for England and invites applications for grants from £25,000 to as much as £1 million.
     
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