Farm Machinery Grant Scheme Launched by Government

Farm Machinery Grant Scheme Launched by GovernmentFarmers in the UK will be able to apply for grants from a £40 million pot offered by the government in order to catalyse investment in cutting-edge machinery and agricultural technology over the next few years.

This not only includes heavy machinery but also robotic systems, drones and other types of technology that are becoming increasingly influential at the moment.

Another aspect which is catalysing calls for further investment is the need to make agriculture in the UK a more eco-friendly and sustainable activity, which is usually something that goes hand in hand with improvements to productivity.

Gove explained that farmers that take advantage of this funding will be able to make their operations more competitive, both on a national and international level. He said that the government was eager to future-proof the country’s rural economy and ensure that the agricultural industry is able to stand shoulder to shoulder with global rivals going forwards.

Many experts and analysts argue that optimising farming through the use of new technologies and machinery is not just important from an economic perspective but also when it comes to ensuring that there is enough produce to keep up with the growing demands being placed on the ecosystem by the world’s ever-increasing population.

Although some predict that population growth will plateau by the middle of the century, that still means there are several more decades during which expansion will continue, and farmers need to be ready to meet this challenge with technology at their side.

Within the next decade it is predicted that the sale of agriculture-focused robotics system will generate the equivalent of over £9 billion annually. And there is evidence to suggest that traditional machines like tractors and combine harvesters will ultimately be supplemented, if not superseded, by smaller-scale robots.

Autonomous machines which can plant and harvest crops as well as tend to livestock and deal with the requirements of dairy farming are either currently being developed or already being deployed in farms worldwide, so this £40 million fund will help to keep British farmers at the forefront of the market.

Of course, the government will need to advertise the availability of this cash and ensure that there are plenty of willing applicants, which is a challenge in its own right.

The move towards ‘smart farming’ will still involve the use of existing machinery, not just during the transitional phase but for the foreseeable future. So used equipment which can be endowed with smart technologies and fit in with the modern agricultural landscape will be all the more valuable.

 

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