Grant approvals under seed and chipping potato scheme announced
Scheme will provide grant assistance to producers towards the capital cost of specialised equipment and facilities
1 June 2023
The Irish government has approved the issuing of grant approvals under the 2023 Scheme of Investment Aid for the Seed Potato Sector and Chipping Potato Sector.
The scheme will assist in the development of capacity within the Irish seed and chipping potato sectors by providing grant assistance to producers towards the capital cost of specialised equipment and facilities.
The Scheme, which is worth €3.1 million in 2023, is funded utilising funding under Ireland’s allocation from the Brexit Adjustment Reserve Fund (BAR).
”I am delighted to announce the issuing of approvals to scheme applicants. It was heartening to see such a high level of interest in the scheme which highlights the confidence and commitment of the Irish seed and chipping potato growers to the future of this industry,” said Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue.
The expansion of the scheme in 2023 to include Irish chipping potato growers demonstrates my continued support to the ongoing development of this important industry.”
Senator Pippa Hackett added that the scheme is a “positive step in the continued development of the Irish seed and chipping potato industry. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union presented growers with many challenges, this scheme has provided a great opportunity for Irish growers to address these challenges by enabling them to develop capacity and facilitating the expansion of a sustainable home-grown industry.”