Money available to improve farming businesses

MOre than £1 million is available for farmers, foresters and growers in Yorkshire and the Humber to help them improve their competetiveness through business development over the next year.

There will be workshops and discussion groups to help farming businesses improve their professionalism and sustainability within the local economy.

They are being run through Landskills Yorkshire and Humber which is managed by Lantra Sector Skills Council on behalf of Yorkshire Forward.

It is part of the Rural Development Programme for England which is being jointly funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and DEFRA.

Landskills provides funding to help improve skills business profitability by providing up to 70% towards training expenses.

David Hugill, Chair of the LandSkills Industry Advisory Board, said: “At a time when food security regularly dominates world headlines, it is great to know that these hardworking businesses will continue to be supported, receiving funding to get the training and updating they need for business success. This programme has already invested £1.6 million into these businesses, and we are pleased to continue offering this support.”

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