The original May 31 deadline for completion of meetings and farm improvement plans in Knowledge Transfer groups has been extended to July 31, 2017.
Agriculture Minister Michael Creed said the extension will allow advisers and planners time to interact with farmers one-to-one to finalise required actions, and will enable vets to complete animal health measures with farmer participants.
Almost 20,000 farmers in 1,200 Knowledge Transfer groups have attended meetings and approved Knowledge Transfer events.
The scheme’s group interaction, one-to-one advice, and tailored farm improvement plans, will help farmers address competitiveness and sustainability challenges in the dairy, beef, equine, sheep, tillage and poultry sectors.
IFA rural development chairman Joe Brady welcomed the deadline extension in the scheme, which offers farmers a yearly payment of €750 over a three-year period.