FARMERS can bid for a share of £2 million to invest in new technology and equipment to modernise their farms. 

Rural affairs minister Lesley Griffiths made the announcement ahead of her visit to today’s second day of the Pembrokeshire County Show and she is also due to visit some farms in the area. 

The annual event, which was held online only last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, only confirmed at the end of July a shortened two-day event with limited attendance would go ahead this year. 

It normally attracts up to 100,000 visitors and competitors but there will only be around 4,000 in attendance at this year’s event, which is the first to go-ahead since 2019, with entry restricted to competitors and Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society members. 

The minister said: “This is an important week in the farming calendar, as we are able to come together, in person, at the Pembrokeshire Show. While this year’s event is a little different to past shows, I am very pleased it is going ahead.” 

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The cash for the Farm Business Grant comes from funds remaining within the Rural Development Programme and is intended to help farmers invest in equipment and improve the environmental performance of their farms. 

Ms Griffiths added: “I would urge farmers with an interest to start thinking now of the improvements they want to make and how the grant could help them so they are able to put in a strong expression of interest within the timescales and which meets their needs.” 

The expression of interest window will run from September 1 to October 1 and successful applicants will have four months to purchase and claim for the items supported. 

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