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£400,000 Available to Help Yorkshire Farmers to Profit Through Resource Efficiency

£400,000 is being made available for livestock farmers wanting to invest in new technologies that allow them to make better use of their waste, energy and water resources.

The funding, which is being made available through the Regional Development Programme for England is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and is managed by Yorkshire Forward in Yorkshire and Humber.

The Farm Resource Efficiency Programme will provide up to 40% of equipment costs to a maximum of £20,000 of grant funding per business.

Eligible Technologies include:

Renewable Energy – small scale wind turbine500w – 25Kw, grid connections and foundations

Rain water harvesting/water recycling systems – including fixed pumps, UV filtration systems, piping and storage tanks
Manure management – solid/liquid separator systems such as rotary screens, roller presses, screw presses/augers and nutrient testing kits

Andy Tordoff, Head of Rural Renaissance and Tourism for Yorkshire Forward said:

“Livestock farmers are experiencing the impact of rising costs. The Farm Resource Efficiency Programme aims to help farmers to cut costs and improve profitability. This will enable farmers to make strategic investments in the long term resource efficiency of their businesses and have a positive impact on the environment.”

Applications for funding should be submitted by 16 June 2008. Anyone interested in applying should contaxt Steve Dunkley (07792 274470) or Louise Marston (07792 274769) or visit www.yorkshire-forward.com/rdpe

Notes to editors:
  1. Over the past year, Yorkshire Forward has created and safeguarded more than 22,254 new jobs; helped create and attract more than 1067 new businesses, assisted 60,005 people in skills, and attracted £467m in investment - achieving or exceeding all of the targets it was set.
  2. Yorkshire Forward’s investment across the region is maximised by attracting European Regional Development Funding from the Objective One and Two programmes.
  3. For further information, please contact Janice Crich, Press Officer, Yorkshire Forward, Tel 0113 394 9715; e-mail janice.crich@yorkshire-forward.com or Fax 0113 243 1088.

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