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Minister Coughlan announces first award of grants under Scheme of Investment Aid for Demostration On-Farm Waste Processing Facilities in Co. Donegal

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan, today announced the award of the first three grants under the new Scheme, provided for in the National Development Plan, to support the demonstration of new/emerging technologies to further assist the agriculture sector in meeting the requirements of the Nitrates Directive. Under the Scheme, grant-aid is available for up to ten projects throughout the country which would demonstrate the advantages of technologies, such as fluidised bed combustion or treatment plants comprising of anaerobic or aerobic digestion, for the processing of livestock manure or mushroom compost. The maximum investment ceiling per project under the Scheme is €1 million with a 40% grant rate, thereby bringing the total State contribution to a maximum of €4 million.

The Minister stated that, of the five applications received under the first tranche provided for under the Scheme, three had been considered suitable and grant approvals were accordingly being issued to these projects in Counties Donegal, Kilkenny and Limerick. The applications received under the second tranche provided for in the Scheme were currently being considered within her Department.

15 May 2007

Date Released: 15 May 2007