Advice to accessing Objective One offered to South East Cornwall farmers

Farmers from South East Cornwall will have the chance to discover the simple routes to Objective One funding and simultaneously see diversification in action at an information fair being hosted by a farm that is already reaping the benefits of diversifying with assistance from European funds.

Diversification has long been promoted as the sovereign remedy for all the ills of the industry, but like all solutions, it comes with its own challenges, which is why a farmer in South East Cornwall has joined forces with the South East Cornwall Regeneration Partnership (SECRP) to demonstrate diversification in action and introduce farmers to the people who can help them through the application process.

Stephanie and Mervyn Rowe will be hosting the event at Tregondale Farm near Menheniot, on October 23rd between 4.00pm and 8.00pm, so that others farmers from the area can see what they have achieved.

During the event, it will also be possible to meet David Rodda, Senior Agricultural co-ordinator for the Objective One Agricultural Development Team, and the agencies charged with helping farmers and horticulturists to access Objective One funding and put their own ideas for diversification into operation.

Over the years Stephanie and Mervyn have diversified into tourism by offering bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation. Their pedigree herd is also electronically tagged with help from the European LEADER II programme and, more recently, they have extended their diversification activities by converting redundant buildings into commercial office space using Objective One funding.

SECRP is keen to see the farming community of the district benefit from the opportunities being made available under Objective One and its associated programmes. This event will offer the farming community the chance to acquire all the information they need by talking directly with the right contacts for the various Objective One funds. Additionally the Rowes will be on hand to answer any questions on their experiences of using Objective One funding and diversification.

All members of the farming and horticultural communities are welcome to attend the information fair, however as space is limited, farmers are advised to reserve their places with the South East Cornwall Regeneration Project as soon as possible by contacting Elaine Barr on 01579 345643.

Editors notes:

Elaine Barr
South East Cornwall Regeneration Project
Tel: 01579 345643

Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel:01872 241379
Fax:01872 241388