Around 6,000 farmers are expected to qualify for payments of €975 each under the newly released Dairy Efficiency Programme.
In the second year of the programme, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said that participation in would prove hugely beneficial for the individual farmers and for the dairy sector as a whole.
“Research has shown that participation in discussion groups has a real and tangible benefit for farmers, with Teagasc measuring this as equivalent to an increase of between one and two cent per litre,” said Mr Coveney.
He noted that a key target of Food Harvest 2020 was a 50% increase in national milk production by the end of the decade, pointing out that participation in dairy discussion groups, as supported under this programme, is an important element in helping achieve this ambitious target.
“I am encouraged at the level of commitment shown by the farmers concerned and, indeed, by the ongoing interest in the programme,” he said. “It is remarkable to see that since the introduction of the programme, numbers participating on discussion groups has more than doubled. This can only help the industry as a whole.
“I urge all who have signed up to do their utmost to participate fully in the schedule of meetings and events throughout the year, as in the first instance, this will safeguard their payments under the 2012 programme, but more importantly, will ensure the desired transfer of knowledge and skills that will ultimately benefit all in the industry.”
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