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Aid scheme deadline extended: Boost for Irish seed and chipping potato sectors

The closing date for the 2023 Scheme of Investment Aid for the Seed Potato Sector and the Chipping Sector has been extended, as Charles O’Donnell reports for Agriland. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed today (Thursday, April 13) that the closing date has been moved to 5:00p.m on Friday, April 21. The original closing date was tomorrow (Friday, April 14).

The scheme is intended to assist in the development of the seed potato sector and the chipping potato sector, by grant-aiding capital investments in specialised plant and equipment. These investments can including renewable energy, as well as technology adoption specific to the seed potato sector and the chipping potato sector.

While the seed potato sector has received aid from schemes of this type in the past, this new scheme has been extended in 2023 to include growers of Irish chipping potatoes.

Around 4,000t of seed potato previously supplied by Britain, as of January 1, 2021, can no longer be imported into Ireland. In addition, Ireland imports around 64,000t of potatoes from the UK.

Source: Agriland. Read the full story here
Image: Courtesy Agriland

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