English Dairy farmers can apply for a share of the £5m Dairy Fund
NewsTuesday 15 January 2013
English dairy farmers are now able to apply for The Dairy Fund, which will be awarding £5million in total to groups of farmers.
A number of businesses will be eligible for the grants which are being offered by the Rural Development Programme for England. The grant scheme means that groups of dairy farmers will be able to apply for grants of between £25,000 and £1m.
The money will be used to establish new cooperation structures including producer groups and cooperatives. The money will also be used to invest in technology which will take advantage of new market opportunities.
A Dairy Fund spokesman told Farmers Weekly: "Projects will be considered that encourage the establishment, development or expansion of cooperation structures for adding value to projects that improve the profitability of its farmer members.
"The central objectives of the cooperation activity must be to strengthen members' connection with their market(s), enable dairy farmers to explore and develop new market opportunities and ultimately improve farm profitability and long-term sustainability of the dairy sector."
Projects offering the greatest return on grant investment will be more likely to be successful, added the spokesman
The closing date for submitting outline applications is 5pm on 28 February, 2013. For information on how to apply for the grants, visit the RDPE website.