Overall, agriculture contributes around £24 billion to the UK each year, and accounts for over 70% of the UK’s land area. That’s why it’s so important that digital access and rural broadband is being taken seriously by all.
From basic online forms and animal registrations to complete diversification projects, the Government are really encouraging UK farmers to adapt to a more digital way of living and working. Whilst in theory this is fantastic, forward-thinking and innovative, the actual practicalities of implementing this are far different.
Rural broadband is still a problem, with many farmers around the UK struggling with sub-1Mbps connections, barely enough to send an email, let alone complete online forms or a launch a web business, although there work underway to improve this. There is, however, a secondary consideration that often gets overlooked. Once the farming community do have access to fast, reliable broadband, it is sometimes the assumption that people are happy to, and will learn and utilise the services off their own back without support, despite never having the provision to do so ever before.
Luckily for farmers on Dartmoor and Exmoor, Cosmic are offering free one-to-one digital mentoring, funded by an awarded grant from The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Their objective is to support the farming community to understand the benefits of digital and introduce new software, apps and hardware that can help individuals and businesses become more efficient and less fearful of future technology.
If you’re part of the farming community on Dartmoor and Exmoor and think that you could benefit from some free one-to-one digital training, contact [email protected] or call 01404 548 405 for more information.