Minister of State Tom Hayes has announced that €5 million in funding has been awarded to successful projects under the 2014 Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the Commercial Horticulture Sector.
The grant aid covers all areas of the horticultural industry. Nine approvals to the value of €315,569 in offers of grant aid under the Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the Commercial Horticulture Sector 2014 were awarded this week. Three of these approvals are for mushroom farms in Co. Tipperary. These include: Larry English, of Ashwood Farm Ltd., Thurles, (€43,640); James Quinn, Golden Vale Mushrooms, Clonmore South, Cahir (€49,860): and Mark Foley, Pearl Mushrooms Ltd., Russelstown, Kilmanahan, Clonmel,(€44,220). The objectives of the Scheme are to facilitate environmentally friendly practices, to promote the diversification of on-farm activities, to improve the quality of products and to improve working conditions in the sector.
Announcing details of the grants awarded, Minister Hayes said: “Since coming to Office last summer, I have been struck by the levels of efficiency, market focus and skill employed by Irish horticultural growers across all strands of this very competitive industry.” Emphasising the economic importance of the horticulture sector which contributes €300m to the economy, the Minister continued “Notwithstanding the challenges faced, the Irish horticultural sector has great potential for growth, both from a production capacity and an improved competitiveness perspective.”