Irish state investment in production horticulture continues with further €4.2m package

Ireland's minister with responsibility for horticulture has announced a further €4.2million (£3.3m) of state investment in the sector.

Tom Hayes TD - Image: Fine Gael
Tom Hayes TD - Image: Fine Gael

Tom Hayes TD said: "This scheme is vital to improving growers' competitiveness and the quality of output as well as allowing growers innovate and diversify production."

The scheme is open to all horticultural sectors including protected crops, nursery crops, field vegetables, soft fruit, apples, beekeeping and mushrooms.

It provides grant aid at a rate of 40 per cent (50 per cent in the case of qualifying young farmers) for approved capital investments undertaken by 2 October 2015, or 30 September 2016 subject to individual approval.

This marks the eighth such funding round, with the 2014 scheme almost three times oversubscribed.

Hayes said he anticipated "very strong demand" for this latest funding also, adding: "Given the quality of the capital investments funded in 2014, the State will once again be able to deliver excellent value for money."


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