Farm Business Scheme opens next week

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Farmers are being urged to engage with the Farm Business Scheme, which opens next week.

Sinn Féin MLA Ian Milne said: “In response to a question to the Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill in the Assembly, the Minister confirmed that the Farm Business Scheme will begin on Monday next.

“The Farm Business Scheme is designed to allow farmers to get support and guidance before applying for grants to improve their machinery and farm buildings in order to make their businesses more profitable.

“The Minister Michelle O’Neill needs to be congratulated for making £250m available for the scheme despite severe pressures on her budget.

“This includes examining new technologies and training for farm families including a focus on safety so that they can identify their own particular needs.

“I would appeal to farmers to engage with business development groups in order to help identify priorities for their own business in order to maximise opportunities to make them more profitable.”