Andrew Doyle, TD for Wicklow/East has expressed his support for today’s announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, that the Poultry Welfare Scheme is now re-opened for new applications from todayTuesday, 26 July 2011.
The aim of this scheme is to improve the standards of animal welfare and in turn poultry production inIrelandin line with EU levels.
According to Deputy Doyle “the extension of this scheme will help poultry producers already burdened by financial pressures, to meet the high animal welfare standards and food production levels set out under EU regulations. Assistance under this scheme will in turn help poultry producers to safeguard their future business prospects by complying with these regulations. Furthermore, this initiative will help to promoteIreland’s reputation and commitment to producing high quality food inEuropeand wider afield.”
“€16million has already been set aside, underIreland’s Rural Development Programme for this welfare scheme. However, the Minister has indicated that applications totalling approx. €11.2 million had already been received from farmers under the Scheme prior to8 June 2011.
“Hence a sum of €4.8 million is still available for those applying from now up until the revised closing date for receipt of applications under the Scheme will now beFriday, 12 August 2011.
I urge any poultry producer who feels that they may be able to improve the animal welfare standards on their farms and thus increase their production levels, to apply for this scheme promptly before this new closing date”.
For your convenience, the application forms in use for the Scheme, prior to its suspension on 8 June 2011, can be used by applicants for this purpose and the standard terms and conditions will continue to apply in relation to any new applications received.”