CORNISH FARMERS could save a considerable amount of time and money following the launch of a new machinery and labour ring.

CKL matches farmers who have surplus machinery and labour with those who require it. It also arranges special deals, for example with electricity providers.

“We‘ve had a very good uptake and are aiming to have 300 members over the next three years,” said manager Matthew Hodge.

The project was funded with the aid of £117,550 from Objective One and DEFRA, and is being hosted and supported by Cornwall Farmers Ltd. It costs £100 + VAT to join.

Fiftieth member Mark Grigg, of St Mabyn, Bodmin, said; “Using CKL will reduce our fixed costs and I am sure that it will help businesses to move forward and thrive.”