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Huge boost for farming community welcomed

12 January, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has welcomed confirmation from the Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew that the £15.2 million Farm Modernisation Scheme will be open to farmers from January 28th.

Ms de Brún said:

"This scheme will allow farmers to invest in their businesses. This will help our farmers become more competitive.

"There is a straightforward and simplified application process so farmers should contact one of the 8 DARD offices that will be administering the scheme and issuing applications so that they can see what they need to do to access this £15 million scheme.

"I also welcome the fact that the Minister, Michelle Gildernew has reviewed the range of machinery and other products which will qualify for grant so that all sectors of the industry can benefit.

"This will be of huge benefit to the individual farmer who wants to invest in upgrading their farm machinery and will also bring millions into our rural areas with increased business for local suppliers." ENDS

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