The sixth round of the grant scheme for the Development of the commercial horticulture sector under the National Development Plan (2007-2013) has been announced by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD.
The closing date for applications under the scheme is February 15 next, and it is understood that only investments that commence after the issue of the respective letter of approval, will be eligible.
The Scheme is open to all horticultural sectors including protected crops, nursery crops, field vegetables, soft fruit, apples, beekeeping and mushrooms. The grant includes 40 percent – 50 percent in the case of qualifying young farmers - for approved capital investments undertaken by mid-October of this year, and is the main source of State funding for horticultural producers in Ireland.
“This scheme is vital to improving grower’s competitiveness and the quality of output; it also allows for growers to become more innovative, and diversify production in accordance with the targets set for this important sector in Food Harvest 2020 and in the Horticultural Action Group Report,” Minister Coveney said. “I anticipate very strong demand for this competitive grant aid scheme and given the quality of the capital investments funded in 2012, the State will once again be able to deliver excellent value for money in terms of the use of funds under this scheme.”
Details of the scheme and application forms can be obtained from the Crop Policy, Production and Safety Division at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Dublin 2.