365 Pearl Mussel Project contract offers to farmers

Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD launching the Pearl Mussel Project  at Glenbeg Lake near Ardgroom, Co. Cork back in April 2019.
Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD launching the Pearl Mussel Project at Glenbeg Lake near Ardgroom, Co. Cork back in April 2019.

The Pearl Mussel Project has sent 365 contract offers to farmers in the eight project  regions in Counties Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, and Mayo.

This follows a review of 462 expression-of-interest forms.

Farmers have been urged to accept offers as soon as possible.

The offers include a farm plan which shows farm details and outlines potential payments.

But the actual payment to farmers will depend on the environmental quality of their farms, because the project is a results-based programme.

There will be further recruitment into the programme early next year, including any new expressions of interest received between now and then, and re-assessment of this year’s unsuccessful applicants.

The project aims to ensure long term co-existence of farming and freshwater pearl mussel in eight priority catchment areas in the West of Ireland.

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