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On Farm Investment

The objective of the measures is to promote higher levels of efficiency, quality and competitiveness in the agricultural sector together with environmental improvements.

The measure contains four sub-measures:

1. Farm Improvement Programme
This scheme provides capital grants to full-time farmers mainly in respect of farm buildings and farm waste facilities to improve the efficiency and profitability of their holdings.

The scheme is confined to full-time farmers with training and experience whose income per man work unit is below £16,000 and who carry out the investments under an agreed farm plan.

The level of applications and financial commitments mean that the scheme had to be suspended in December 1994 and is only available for horticulture.

For further details please contact:
Local Farm Development Service Office or Teagasc Office .

2. Improvement of Animal Welfare Standards
This scheme will enable farmers to meet new animal housing welfare standards in cattle, pigs and poultry areas.

Aid will be payable only to applicants whose facilities are already not up to standard, and whose gross off-farm income is under £16,000.

A scheme for the poultry sector was launched in December 1996.

3. Improvement of Dairy Hygiene Standards
This scheme aims to help dairy farmers fund the necessary investment to bring their on-farm facilities up to the standards set by a new E.U. Milk Hygiene Directive. Aid levels of up to 60% are available depending on the size of the applicant's quota excluding quota purchased in the last three years. It is geared towards the needs of smaller farmers with the aim of encouraging the maximum number to remain on milk production.

Aid is available only to applicants whose facilities are not already up to standard, and whose gross off-farm income is under £16,000. Eligible investments include upgrading the dairy, the milking premises, cow houses and isolation facilities.

The scheme was suspended in October 1996 following the approval of 5,400 investment projects.

For further details please contact:
Local Farm Development Service Office.

4. Control of Farm Pollution
The objective of this scheme is to assist farmers, particularly small farmers, to reduce farmyard related pollution and thus contribute to protection of the environment. Grant aid of up to 60% for small and medium category farmers and up to 30% for larger farmers is given for the construction of farm waste storage facilities and basic winter housing for animals. Aid is given only to applicants whose gross off-farm income is under £16,000.

The scheme was suspended in April 1995 following receipt of over 18,000 applications.

For further details please contact:
Local Farm Development Service Office.
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