£250m Farm Improvement Scheme application deadline approaching

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Monday, November 23rd, 2015
Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon is reminding farmers to make their applications for the Farm Business Improvement Scheme before next month’s deadline.
Sinn Fein MLA Megan Fearon

Sinn Fein MLA Megan Fearon

The South Armagh representative added that this phase of the scheme will also help them with preparing for the second phase, due to begin in March next year. “The £250m scheme will provide farmers with 40% and 50% grant aid to a maximum of £250,000 towards, for example, the construction of new farm buildings and refurbishment of existing buildings, purchase of machinery, equipment to improve nutrient management, installation of environmentally approved water management systems, investments to improve resource efficiency and feasibility studies for renewable energy,” she explained. “The scheme will be delivered through Business Development Groups which are designed to help farmers come together to learn about and enhance their knowledge of business management, new technologies and innovative ways of working. “Farmers who participate in the scheme will be required to attend several training events each year but the programme will meet costs incurred by the farmer. “As farmers work towards meeting their business objectives, they will have the opportunity to accredit their work and gain a Level 3 qualification. Farmers will also be given the opportunity to prepare their business plans for the second phase of the scheme which will open in March 2016. “There’s still time to to apply for the first phase before 4pm on Monday, December 14th so I would strongly encourage farmers to get involved,” she added. Applications and guidance notes are contained on this site: http://www.cafre.ac.uk/industry-support/business-development-groups/ Alternatively, call 028 9442 6770 or email: developmentservice.admin@dardni.gov.uk.
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