AHDB is playing a key role in helping small family farms build more viable businesses, as part of its support for the Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme.
The new £1.5 million programme aims to give farm businesses the tools to evaluate their long-term sustainability, enabling them to make informed business decisions about their future direction.
Building on the success of the Prince’s Dairy Initiative, the new programme is open to small dairy, livestock or mixed farms. It will offer free workshops and one-to-one guidance to 300 farms across the UK.
A number of AHDB’s Knowledge Exchange team are acting as Regional Co-ordinators for the programme, being the main contact for their area and recruiting farm businesses, as well as staging and facilitating events.
Richard Laverick, AHDB Chief Technical Officer, said: “Times have been tough across farming sectors for some time now and exceptionally hard for smaller, family-run businesses who don’t necessarily have access to the right advice or resources for their specific situation.
“We need to give these farms the opportunity and help to focus on their businesses and give them the knowhow to make confident decisions, however tough, on the changes they need to make to ensure their business is sustainable in the long term.”
The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme is offered in Ayrshire, Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Derbyshire, East Sussex, Lanarkshire, Monmouthshire, Northumberland, Powys, Shropshire, Somerset, Yorkshire and Northern Ireland.
Further information and Regional Co-ordinator contact details can be found at http://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/how-we-help/the-princes-farm-resilience-programme