Team set up to help Cornwall’s agricultural industry get the most from Objective One funding
A new team is being appointed to help agricultural and other rural industries in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly access around £50 million in aid through the region’s Objective One programme.
The agricultural team will be provided through a project put together by Cornwall Enterprise, which will be funded through Objective One with a grant of just over £250,000 from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) and matched funding from MAFF.
The team of three is due to take up post very soon and will help implement the 15 strategic plans developed by Cornwall Agricultural Council to address the needs of specific sectors from the agricultural, horticultural, food and other land-based industries.
The team’s leader will be farmer’s son David Rodda from Hayle, who has worked for the past two years as agricultural facilitator for the West Cornwall LEADER Project. He also studied at Cornwall’s Duchy College and worked on the family farm for a number of years.
The other team members are dairy consultant Roger Metcalf and Liskeard farmer’s daughter Melanie Saunders, who also studied at Duchy College before attending the Seale Hayne faculty of the University of Plymouth.
The chair of Cornwall Agricultural Council is Steve Parsons, principal at Duchy College, who said: “The appointment of this team is extremely good news for everyone working in these industries.”
Mr Parsons explained: “The key objective for the new team is to help projects access money from Objective One, as well as from other funding streams, by giving free advice and guidance on how to develop successful applications for grants.”
Mr Rodda added: “We aim to give initial guidance to over 1,000 farmers and other rural businesses and give in-depth support to at least 240 farmers and rural businesses over the next three years.”
The team will also work alongside the Integrated Area Plans (IAPs) that will be another potential source of funding for the rural community. (The IAPs have been developed under the Objective One programme to support specific geographic areas within Cornwall & Scilly).
Cornwall Agricultural Council is one of the task forces set up under Cornwall and Scilly’s programme. It represents over 90% of industry organisations and has a board of eight chaired by Steve Parsons, Principal of Duchy College.
Copies of the 15 strategic plans developed by the Cornwall Agricultural Council can be downloaded from the Objective One website www.objectiveone.com or obtained by ringing the Partnership Office’s Helpline on 0800 028 0120. The agricultural team will be based at Pydar House, Pydar Street, Truro.
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