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Potato scheme ‘will be well received’ by growers in Northern Ireland

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has welcomed the recent announcement by Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots, regarding a further coronavirus (COVID-19) support scheme worth up to £2million for farmers growing potatoes for the processing supply chain.

According to a Farming Life news story, UFU deputy president William Irvine said: “The news of further COVID-19 support for the processing potato sector will be well received by our members. The UFU lobbied continuously to get this funding secured and we thank Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots for taking our concerns on board and delivering for the sector.

“The support will be essential in helping to sustain family farm businesses involved in processing potato production across Northern Ireland, who were directly affected by the pandemic. For a second year in a row, it created a significant fall in demand for processing potatoes from the hospitality and food service sectors.”

Source: Farming Life. Full story here
Note: Applications forms for the scheme are now available on the Department of Agriculture (DAERA) website and must be submitted by 18 August.
Related: Potato growers in Northern Ireland to receive more Covid support funds
Photo: Farming Life

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