Deadline Reminder For Farm Waste Management Scheme Participants
Tony Killeen T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (with special responsibility for Fisheries and Forestry), has issued a reminder to farmers regarding the deadline for completion of work under the revised Farm Waste Management Scheme.
[ClickPress, Thu Sep 25 2008] Speaking during an Adjournment Debate in Dail Eireann last evening, the Clare T.D. said, ‘The deadline of 31 December 2008 for completion of investment works under the Scheme is a condition of the EU state aid approval governing the Scheme and the EU Commission has recently reaffirmed that it expects Ireland to respect this deadline strictly.’
Minister Killeen added that the Department was continuing to process payments under the Scheme and that all farmers who completed investment works in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Scheme would be paid their full entitlements.
‘There is no doubt that the Scheme already has dramatically transformed the Irish farming infrastructure through this major injection of capital and will leave the sector well-positioned to meet the highest international environmental standards required of Irish farming, as well as the changing market requirements. It will also continue to strengthen the competitiveness of Irish agriculture into the future’, explained the Junior Agriculture Minister.
He continued, ‘the financial commitment of this Government to the Scheme is very substantial particularly during these challenging economic times. This is demonstrated by the fact that, to date in 2008, EUR181.8 million has been paid out to farmers under the Scheme compared to EUR21 million in 2006 and EUR114 million in 2007.’
Commenting on the 31st December deadline, the Minister of State pointed out that the terms and conditions of the Scheme made it clear that payment of grant-aid was conditional on this time limit being respected and the Department had consistently held this position since the commencement of the Scheme.
‘The Department is currently issuing its second written reminder to all farmers approved to commence work under the Scheme to ensure that all work is completed and a payment claim submitted to the Department by the end of this year. No farmer can, therefore, be unaware of the importance of meeting this deadline’, concluded Minister Killeen.
Notes to Editor:
- Tony Killeen T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (with special responsibility for Fisheries and Forestry), is available for interview and further comment on 0035387-2525304. Alternatively please contact Mark Dunphy of Dunphy Public Relations on 00353868534900 or email@example.com
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