No to water store cash
MAFF grants for water storage facilities for spray irrigators have been ruled out by MAFFs Anglian regional director Jane Rabagliati.
She told the conference that the return on such an investment was likely to be considerable and MAFF did not believe in subsidising farmers for work which was fully justified by business reasons.
But with help from ADAS, MAFF had produced free leaflets giving step-by-step advice on planning and constructing water storage facilities, best irrigation practice and irrigation scheduling. These would be published shortly and sent to all farmer irrigators.
There was also scope for those in objective 5b areas, qualifying for EU grant, to put forward collaborative projects for funding – providing the plans showed some enhancement, such as fishing or leisure facilities, beyond the farming businesses. *