Written answers

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Department of Agriculture and Food

On-farm Investment Schemes

2:00 pm

Photo of Kathleen LynchKathleen Lynch (Cork North Central, Labour)
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Question 69: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when the dairy hygiene and water harvesting schemes will be introduced under the targeted agricultural modernisation scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40632/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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EU Commission approval for the introduction of five targeted modernisation schemes focused on supporting productive investment in the agricultural sector was received earlier this year. Due to the relatively short time-frames for completion of the investment works concerned, priority was given to the introduction of the Sow Welfare and Poultry Welfare Schemes which were launched on 16 June last. The Sheep Fencing/Handling Scheme opened for applications on 1 November. No dates have yet been fixed for the introduction of the Dairy Equipment and Water Harvesting Schemes.

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