The Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) scheme has recently announced some unexpected yet welcome changes. The highlight of the update is the significant increase in payment rates for various schemes, an average increase of 10% across the SFI and Countryside Stewardship (CS) agreements.
One of the noteworthy improvements is the boosted payment rates for wild bird mixes on arable and horticultural land. This move not only supports farmers financially that partake in the scheme but also provides a vital source of feed for wild birds during the hungry gap.
Additionally, the introduction of management payments for controlling rhododendron and bracken adds another layer of support for those dedicated to managing invasive species. This acknowledgment and compensation for such efforts are sure to motivate more individuals to actively participate in conservation initiatives.
For those interested in reconnecting floodplains and waterways, as well as managing scrapes and gulleys, the SFI increases will also provide a much-needed financial boost to your project. Our sister company, FGS Pilcher, is highly skilled in the planning, development and ongoing maintenance of wetland and waterways.
If you require any assistance with delivering any of these options, then please do get in touch.