€8million Sheep Fencing/Mobile Handling Scheme

Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill urges Donegal farmers to apply for the €8million Sheep Fencing/Mobile Handling Scheme

Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has today urged all sheep farmers in Donegal to apply for the Sheep Fencing/Mobile Handling Equipment Scheme for which €8million has been allocated up to the end of 2013. Applications for the scheme opened on Monday, 1st November and Senator Ó Domhnaill says he would encourage all eligible sheep farmers in Donegal to avail of the scheme.

“The objective of the Scheme is to help farmers stay in the sector and to maintain their existing sheep numbers and prevent further decline in ewe numbers”, Senator Ó Domhnaill said. “This will be done by assisting sheep farmers in reducing their labour input with support for sheep fencing and mobile handling facilities. One of the most welcome aspects of this scheme is its prioritisation of young farmers.

“Fianna Fáil is committed to ensuring farmers play a key role in the economic recovery of this country. The new scheme is one of a number of initiatives aimed at supporting this important sector which is worth €250 million to the Irish economy.

“The sheep fencing and mobile handling scheme will complement the €7 million Uplands Sheep Scheme and the €54 million Grassland Sheep Scheme both launched this year and will boost sheep farmer’s incomes. The recent Food Harvest 2020 Report set out a clear strategy and ambitious targets for the sheep sector, for example, growth in output value of 20% by 2020.

“The €8 million available under the Sheep Handling Scheme will be paid out in a series of tranches, the first of which will run until 31st January 2011 and for which €1148 million will be available”, Senator Ó Domhnaill concluded.

Full details of the terms and conditions of the Scheme are available on the Department’s website at www.agriculture.gov.ie

Posted: Nov 17, 2010     |     Categories: Donegal South West