New details of a £2 million Covid-19 support scheme for potato growers in Northern Ireland impacted by the pandemic has been announced. They must complete an online Expression of Interest form by 11 June to register for the scheme and request an inspection of all potatoes held in their stores, according to a report by FarmingUK.
The financial support package comes in response to the significant reduction in demand for potatoes from the hospitality and food service sector. Growers who still have quantities of unsold potatoes in their stores, which were destined for the potato processing supply chain, can apply.
Following verification of potatoes in stores that are no longer of acceptable quality for the processing market, growers can dispose of them for animal feed or as raw material for anaerobic digesters.
Over 11,500 farmers in NI have already benefited from £23.5m made available by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) as a contribution to offset the losses incurred by the pandemic.
Source: FarmingUK. Full report here