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de Brún welcomes Farm Modernisation Scheme breakthrough.

2 April, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has welcomed the breakthrough in the Farm Modernisation Scheme brought forward by the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Michelle Gildernew MP MLA.   Speaking today Ms de Brún said:   “The Department scheme was devised to generate investment into our rural communities. For every £5,000 granted the farmer will spend a further £7,000 on a given list of items which will help the farming, engineering and rural economies at a time when many of these sectors are experiencing severe financial difficulties.   “The scheme itself was designed following consultation with farmers taking into account their needs and their preferred deliver mechanisms, cutting through overly complicated application processes.   “The confident negotiations with the European Commission by the Minister and the Agriculture department has ensured that this scheme can be delivered as it was initially conceived and make these payments.   “This will certainly bolster the agricultural sector and help build and sustain rural development into the future.”

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