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FRIP – Farm Resource Improvement Programme

15 March, 2010

FRIP has been developed to help farmers and horticultural businesses in South East of England and London to improve competitiveness through resource efficiency and animal health and welfare practices. FRIP is a sub-programme under RDPE which aims to simplify the application process and will provide grants up to £25,000 per farm business. The programme will have application windows through the year, and new eligible items may be added for subsequent rounds.

What kinds of projects are covered?

Round One of FRIP provides funding under four headings and items which are eligible for grant funding include:

  • Energy efficiency – e.g. heat recovery devices, heat exchangers and ice builders.
  • Nutrient Management – e.g. mechanical slurry separator systems, macerators, slurry injectors and Global Positioning Systems.
  • Water Management – e.g fixed pumps, UV filtration systems, connecting piping and storage tanks enabling collection and recycling of rainwater from roofs and slurry/silage store roofs (as part of a rainwater harvesting project)
  • Animal Health and Welfare – e.g specialist livestock handling equipment, electronic weigh cells, dairy cluster flushing systems, heat detection systems,

Please note that funding will not be available for renewable energy projects until Round Three due to the current demarcation issues with Feed-In Tariffs.

How do I apply?

The programme is available to all farmers across the region and can give grants of up to £25,000 per farm business. The closing date for applications into Round One of FRIP is: 12th March 2010.

Use the links below to download the guidance and application forms.

FRIP Farmer’s Handbook

FRIP application Form

If you have any difficulties downloading these documents, please email to request that the forms be emailed to you.

For further information contact:

Helen Dallas, RDPE Projects Coordinator
Tel: 01483 484297


Farmers Weekly SOS

1 August, 2008

“Save Our Sprays” – the plea from Farmers Weekly Magazine. Are they serious? Do the multinational chemical companies actually need a helping hand to fight against EU pesticide reform?

Poor old Monsanto and friends! In fact this review of harmful substances has been on the cards for a long time, so this latest bandwagonning seems rather desperate.

FW make big hypothetical statements “…the EU Commission could wipe out 80% of pesticides…” but other bodies reckon a 15% deselection of the most harmful compounds is more likely, leaving farmers with a considerable arsenal of poisons if they wish to use them. (UK agency the PSD made estimates ranging from 15% to 85%.)

But why the campaign to continue spraying a cocktail of biocides on our food, polluting people, water and soils? The Daily Mail recently quoted Prof Vyvyan Howard, toxico-pathologist at the University of Ulster, and a member of the Government’s Advisory Committee on Pesticides, who said, ‘It has been my position for many years that a precautionary reduction in the levels of the most hazardous pesticides by substitution makes good sense.’

Pesticides that could be banned include a family of fungicides used on cereals called triazoles thought to be hormone disrupters, a potato fungicide mancozeb linked to cancer, and the insecticide family of pyrethroids – which can affect the human nervous system.

Pesticides are a sort of addiction for the ‘modern farmer’ – a habit pushed by the chemical companies who sell them fertilisers too. Actually chemical fertilisers nowadays seem to be less and less economical and sustainable because they use so much fossil fuel. And their effect is often fast, sappy growth, making crops more vulnerable to attack from pests… which forces farmers to resort to pesticides as a matter of course.

If you would rather choose an organic future, take a look at our website and online shop.

> an interesting discussion about this recently on Radio 4.
> Blog site ‘Not Delia’ discusses the SOS campiagn