The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, senator Pippa Hackett, recently announced the opening of the 2022 Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the Commercial Horticulture Sector.
The competitive scheme is open to all horticultural sectors, and will provide capital grant aid at a rate of up to 40 per cent to all approved investments. The Minister said: ‘’I am delighted that the 50 per cent increase in funding secured in 2021 has been maintained for 2022. This scheme not only aids existing producers but also new entrants to horticulture. With qualifying young farmers receiving up to 50 per cent grant aid, the scheme is there to support the next generation of farmers as well.”
The scheme, which covers all horticultural areas, including field vegetables, mushrooms, protected food crops, amenity crops, soft fruit, and apples, to beekeeping, aims to facilitate environmentally friendly practices, promote the diversification of on-farm activities, improve the quality of products and improve working conditions.
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