30/07/2021

Potato Growers Receive Boost With £2m Support Scheme

Potato growers across Northern Ireland impacted by Covid-19 have been offered support under a new £2 million investment.

Agriculture and Environment Minister Edwin Poots announced the scheme aimed at farmers growing potatoes for the processing supply chain.

Announcing the support scheme for potato growers, Minister Poots said: "I can confirm today that my Department has been able to deliver a further £2million in support for those potato growers who have been significantly impacted by Covid-19. This funding will help support them through a difficult time in the aftermath of reduced demand from the hospitality and food service industry for the second year in succession.
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"I met with industry stakeholders and I am grateful to them for their positive contribution to the successful development of this scheme."

Potato growers who have already expressed an interest in the scheme have received an email inviting them to make a formal application. Other growers who meet the eligibility criteria are also invited to submit an application.

Applications forms for the scheme are now available on the DAERA website and must be submitted by 18 August 2021.

Poots added: "Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic over £23.5m has already been paid out by DAERA to local farm businesses impacted and this financial support has been very helpful in these difficult times."

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