£120m funding boost for rural communities

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has announced a funding boost of £120 million to support farmers and rural businesses across England.

Rural businesses and farmers will soon be ale to gain government support to grow, develop new products and access new export markets through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme.

Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference, Leadsom said: “A quarter of England’s businesses are based in the countryside and this funding will give rural start-ups, family-run businesses and farmers looking to diversify the boost they need.

“The Growth Programme has already supported a range of projects, from installing cutting-edge equipment to restoring flood plains, and the next round will help create more jobs, sell more products and help us access new markets.”

The £120 million fund will sit alongside recently announced funding for other RDPE projects, including woodland creation and a flood action facilitation fund.