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Minister Smith encourages farmers to participate in the Farm Waste Management Scheme

Speaking at Tydavnet Agriculture Show, Co. Monaghan on 19 August 2006, Mr. Brendan Smith T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food encouraged farmers who required work to be carried out on their farms in order to comply with the requirements of the Nitrates Directive to apply for the available grants for such work under the new Farm Waste Management Scheme.

Minister Smith stated that the Scheme is now particularly attractive to farmers following the recent decision by his Department to up-date the Standard Costings used to calculate grant payments under the Scheme. Minister Smith also welcomed the application of the revised Standard Costings to all approvals issued by the Department since 1 January 2006. Minister Smith reminded farmers that, in order to participate in the Scheme, such grant applications had to be received by the Department by the end of 2006.

In view of the importance of the pig and poultry sectors in the Cavan/Monaghan area, Minister Smith also advised farmers in those sectors who were considering the installation of new technology for the treatment of farm slurry, etc., such as anaerobic digestion systems, to consider applying for a grant under the Department's Scheme of Investment Aid for Demonstration On-Farm Waste Processing Facilities.

As the first assessment of applications will take place in September 2006, Minister Smith urged any such interested farmers to finalise their applications under that Scheme as soon as possible.

19 August, 2006

Date Released: 21 August 2006