Pounds 825,000 Grant Provided to Create Efficient Grain-Sampling System; CEREALS: Authority Estimates Project Will Save Industry Pounds 2.5m a Year
THE Home Grown Cereals Authority has received a massive vote of confidence in the form of a new government grant designed to help tackle one of the biggest irritations affecting the efficiency of the cereals sector.
HGCA has secured pounds 825,000 worth of funding from the government's Invest to Save Budget to develop a harmonised national system of grain sampling and analysis, with training made available all down the chain from farm to end-user.
"This is a much-needed project and has support from all parts of the grain chain, " said the HGCA's business development director, Alan Almond.
He said fewer rejections would mean fewer wasted lorry journeys. "We aim to take some of the hassle out of the food chain."
It is estimated that potential annual savings to the industry could be pounds 2.5m. Reduced duplication of analysis would save pounds 1.5m a year, and fewer rejections would mean fewer wasted lorry journeys, creating a further potential saving of over half a million pounds.
Industry time savings as a result of less administration of avoidable rejections and claims could be worth another half a million pounds.
HGCA crop marketing director Alastair Dickie said there was a wider benefit in terms of smoother trading conditions and improving relationships all round. …