Business Development Groups a great success
Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has said he is delighted that more people than expected have signed up to the Business Developments Groups.
Mr McMullan said,
‘The Business Development Groups will consist of around 15 to 20 farmers who will meet up to discuss topics they have in common facilitated by a CAFRE Development Advisor and activities will include on-farm meetings, demonstrations and skills training.
“The purpose of the groups is to develop best practice and improve performances on the farm through more efficient management.
“This includes keeping in touch with the latest technologies, learning to construct business plans and improving profitability as well as having an option to gain a professional qualification.
"The scheme, operating under the Rural Development Programme has exceeded expectations in attracting well over 3000 applicants and I hope that this will prepare farmers for the second phase of the farm business improvement scheme worth £200m in farm grants which opens next year. ”