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Minister Coughlan assists farmers to finalise their applications under the Farm Waste Management Scheme

Mary Coughlan TD, Minister for Agriculture and Food, has urged farmers to ensure that their applications for grant-aid under the Farm Waste Management Scheme are received by the Department by 31 December next.

The Minister, however, stated that she was aware that some farmers were experiencing delays in preparing planning applications, particularly in regard to the preparation of drawings. Accordingly, she can now confirm that her Department is prepared to receive such completed applications up to 31 December 2006 when accompanied by written confirmation by the agricultural planner that it is intended to lodge a planning application on the farmer's behalf. The planner will be required, by 31 March 2007, at the latest, to lodge with the Department both written confirmation that such a planning application has been lodged and also a copy of the set of drawings which accompanied the planning application.

These applications will be processed when evidence of full and final planning permission has been received by the Department. It is a strict condition of the Scheme that the written approval of the Department must be obtained prior to commencement of any work or purchase of equipment/items for which grant aid is sought. Applications which do not require planning permission must also be received by the end-December deadline. The Minister reminded farmers that all proposed work under this Scheme must be completed by end-2008.

The Minister stated that this additional flexibility should provide every interested farmer with ample opportunity to submit an application before year-end under this most attractive grant Scheme.

3 November, 2006

Date Released: 03 November 2006