Anderson welcomes opening of Farm Business Improvement Scheme

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the opening of the first phase of the £250million Farm Business Improvement Scheme and is encouraging farmers to apply for entry into the Business Development groups which closes on Mon 14th December.

Speaking today, Ms Anderson said,

“The Business Development groups offer numerous benefits to farmers, such as access to a CAFRE Development Adviser, the option to gain a qualification and the chance to keep up to date with the latest technologies.

“Each Business Development Group will comprise of 15 – 20 like-minded farmers who will meet up to 8 times a year to carry out activities such as on-farm meetings, demonstrations and skills training. Funding is available for completing the workshops as well as hosting a Farm visit.

“From this participants have the chance to develop a progress plan for their agri business and it is therefore an extremely valuable scheme which participating farmers will benefit from in anticipation of the capital element scheme opening early next year.

“I commend Minister Michelle O’Neill and DARD in working together to deliver this and would encourage all interested parties to visit the following webpages for further information.

DARD website: http://www.dardni.gov.uk/business-development-groups

CAFRE website: http://www.cafre.ac.uk/industry-support/business-development-groups/ENDS