Ireland Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, has announced the opening of a new EUR17 million (US$19 million) scheme for pig and poultry investments.

Speaking on August 13, Coveney said, “I am delighted to launch the new Pig and Poultry Investment Scheme. This investment … reflects my department’s ongoing commitment to the growth potential of this important sector and to the modernization of farming in Ireland. I hope that pig and poultry farmers will look very seriously at the opportunities offered by this new scheme.”

A total of EUR395 million (US$441 million) has been made available for TAMS II schemes over the course of the RDP period, with some EUR17 million earmarked for the pig and poultry sector.  The new scheme is being co-funded by the European Union.

The areas of investment available include:  medicine dispenser units, water meters, solar panels, heat recovery units/heat pumps, energy efficient boilers, feed system upgrades (for medication reduction and energy efficiency), energy efficient upgrade for farrowing house, weaner housing, fattener housing, poultry houses and disease reduction facilities for existing poultry houses.

The scheme is open to all farmers who meet the eligibility criteria, offering a standard rate of 40 percent on investment up to a ceiling of EUR80,000 (US$89,240). The first tranche of applications will run for three months, closing around the end of October.

All applications must be made online, either by the farmer or an adviser authorized to act on his or her behalf.  Applications can be made under agfood.ie by registered users of the department’s website