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MEP urges farmers to apply for 'Farm Modernisation Scheme'‏

28 January, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has urged members of the farming community to apply for the Farm Modernisation Scheme which opened to farmers today, January 28th. The Farm Modernisation Scheme, which is a part of the Rural Development Programme amounts to £15.2 million and will be delivered through DARD.

Speaking ahead of a Farmers' Forum in The Marina Centre, Ballyronan at 7.30pm tonight (Wednesday January 28) Ms de Brún said:

"This scheme will give a much needed boost to the farming community and rural communities right across the north. The scheme provides some £15 million to help farmers to invest in their businesses and help them become more competitive. The Farm Modernisation Programme will offer up to £5,000 in financial support for farm businesses to purchase a wide range of plant, machinery and equipment including sheep trailers, fertiliser sowers, and weed wipers for quads or ATVs.

"There is also a £10,000 maximum grant for anyone who applies for the Manure Efficiency Technology Scheme (METS), which is a sub scheme of the Farm Modernisation Scheme.

"Applications will be accepted from 17th February and I would urge farmers to get their applications in early and submit them in person on the 17th February so that their application can be processed promptly. Applications for funding will be considered on a first come, first served basis." ENDS

Note to Editors:

  1. The scheme will fund 40% of the cost of equipment, provided that receipts are produced.
  2. The process will include farmers filling in the application forms, they then submit them to DARD, in turn DARD will issue a letter of offer for eligible applicants.
  3. The farmer then has four months to purchase equipment and submit receipts for any purchases and they will be credited for the same amount.
  4. The scheme is open to all farmers provided they have a Business Identification Number.

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