Wicklow farmers are set to benefit from almost €3.5m in funding under the Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme Fine Gael TD and Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture, Andrew Doyle has said.
The funding was announced by The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, and is set to benefit 75,000 farmers across the nation with total funding exceeding €170 million.
Minister Doyle said: “This funding will benefit 1,427 farmers across Wicklow. My Fine Gael colleague, Michael Creed and I have been working hard in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture to make this possible
“Farmers, especially on the hills and in the disadvantaged areas, took heavy cuts in direct support during the recession and the funding for this year, totalling almost €3.5 m in Wicklow will go some way to rectifying that.
“The Agriculture and Food sector is a strategic priority for Fine Gael. We recognise that farm families are the heartbeat of the rural economy and our vision for the sector will inspire the next generation to continue the tradition of family farming,” the Wicklow TD said.
This is just one of the schemes which have been introduced in the last year to provide financial assistance to farmers across the country. It will be rolled out across the country.