£9m to farmers for improving drinking water
Farmers in the South West have been awarded £9.8 million from a Government fund to help them improve the water quality on their land.
The Catchment Sensitive Farming grant aims to improve the quality of drinking water and enhance wetlands.
The allocation to the Westcountry is the largest share of a record £21.5 million being made available this year.
Throughout England farmers in 75 priority catchment areas submitted more than 3,000 applications and more than nine out of ten were successful.
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The scheme offers up to 50% of funding for carrying out practical works that boost the health of streams, rivers, and marshes by improving water quality and reducing pollution from agricultural activity. More than 40 types of project are eligible for funding.
The grants will help farmers to roof over livestock feeding areas, separate clean and dirty water in farmyards, install new livestock and machinery tracks, fence off farmland water courses to exclude livestock, and install rainwater harvesting equipment.
They can also be used to create ponds and install sprayer wash-down areas to reduce pesticide run-off.