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The DEFRA FETF (Farming Equipment and Technology Fund) scheme is a grant program in England
aimed at promoting the adoption of innovative technology on farms to improve efficiency and productivity while reducing environmental impact.
The Farm Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and has been implemented by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The main purpose of FETF is to encourage farmers to invest in new technologies that could enhance efficiency and sustainability in farming operations.
The FETF is open to farmers and growers in England, including those in the livestock, arable, horticulture, and mixed farming sectors. Check your eligibility here.
The FETF supports investment in a range of technologies aimed at improving farm productivity and sustainability. Examples of eligible technologies include:
• Precision farming tools such as GPS-guided machinery and variable rate application systems for fertilizers and pesticides.
• Robotics and automation for tasks like milking, feeding, and harvesting.
• Renewable energy systems like solar panels and anaerobic digesters.
• Water management systems to improve irrigation efficiency and reduce water use.
• Environmental monitoring equipment for assessing soil health, water quality, and biodiversity.
• Animal housing and handling equipment.
• Animal welfare and performance monitoring systems.
The scheme provided grants to cover a portion of the costs associated with purchasing and installing eligible technologies. Funding rates and maximum grant amounts varied depending on the type of technology and the specific project.
Farmers interested in participating in the FETF scheme need to apply during specific application windows. Click here for the latest durations.
The FETF aimed to support the agricultural sector in adopting innovative solutions that could lead to more sustainable and competitive farming practices. By encouraging the use of efficient technologies, the scheme sought to reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture while enhancing productivity, profitability and safety for farmers along with animal health and welfare.
It’s important to note that the details and availability of specific schemes like FETF may change over time based on government policies and funding priorities. Therefore, for the most up-to-date information on similar initiatives, it’s recommended to consult DEFRA’s official website or relevant government sources. For more information click here.
At Massey Harpers, our expert team can provide guidance on products that are eligible for the FETF. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. Speak to us today!
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