In recognition of the value of the horticulture sector in Ireland, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, and Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity with special responsibility for horticulture, Senator Pippa Hackett, today announced the opening of the €3 million scheme of Investment Aid for the Seed Potato Sector.
Some €210,000 of funding from the Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR) fund to support the Irish mushroom sector was also announced.
The BAR funded seed potato scheme, announced last week, is now open for applications. Capital grant aid is available at a rate of up to 40% for all approved investments with qualifying young farmers receiving up to 60% grant aid. The closing date for receipt of applications for the 2022 scheme is Friday 1 July 2022.
Full details including application forms can be accessed:
- at the following link – 2022 Scheme of Investment Aid for the Seed Potato Sector
- by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Commenting on the opening on the BAR funded seed potato scheme, Minister McConalogue said: “There is great potential in reviving the domestic seed potato sector. I am committed to seeing it thrive once more once there is leadership from within the sector too. I believe we can restore the industry to its heyday nationally.”
Minister of State Hackett said: “I welcome the announcement of this scheme as a hugely positive step in contributing to shorter supply chains and sector sustainability in a domestic industry that is synonymous with our country.”
Source: Govt of Ireland, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Original release here
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