Longford dairy farmers encouraged to explore SEAI Dairy Farm Grant scheme

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Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Richard Bruton; Andrea Carroll - SME Programme Manager, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.

Longford dairy farmers are being urged to engage with the SEAI efficiency (Dairy Farm Grant) scheme.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD announced funding on Monday of this week for energy efficient dairy farm equipment.

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Up to €500,000 is available for high efficiency milk pumps, saving the average farmer €1,440 in energy bills and 1.6 tonnes in reduced carbon emissions annually.

The government are committed to making Ireland a leader in responding to climate change. Minister Bruton recently received government approval to develop an all of government plan, to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change.

The Plan will have actions across all areas such as heat, electricity, transport and agriculture according to strict timelines.

Minister Bruton said, “It is vital that every sector of our economy seek ways to reduce their carbon impact. This is a great opportunity for dairy farmers to become more efficient and save money. It is one of the many practices in a farm where new ways of working can make a significant impact.”

Minister Creed said, “This is an excellent example of a collaborative approach to driving the national sustainability agenda. Not only does this dairy equipment make climate sense, but also sound economic sense at individual farm level and I urge farmers to engage fully with the scheme.”

The Scheme is administered through Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Up to 40% of total technology and installation costs may be covered by the grant.