Irwin welcomes horticulture support

Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman and DAERA committee member William Irwin MLA has welcomed the roll out of financial support to the horticulture sector as part of DAERA’s Covid19 response.

Mr Irwin had lobbied for support to be extended to the sector and also for a precondition of being VAT registered to be removed.

Mr Irwin welcomed the progress saying: “This is an important funding scheme and a significant step forward in support for those involved in the horticulture sector. This sector was hit hard during the pandemic, especially during the period where restrictions were at their tightest. Many businesses lost valuable trade through the earlier part of the year when people would normally be starting to prepare their gardens.

“I had lobbied the Minister directly on the issue of the scheme requirement for being VAT registered and I felt that this was unfair and was not something that was a prerequisite in other government financial grant schemes. I am delighted that this requirement has been dropped and I know that this will assist many more businesses as they try to recover.”

He concluded: “Minister Poots has been on the front foot in ensuring that the agri and horticulture sectors have recognition and the Covid19 grants that he has released will be effective and well received out in the wider industry. I thank him for his effort on behalf of a great many people across the Province who have continued to work hard throughout this crisis.”

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