Rural Development projects move to next phase
The Minister for Agriculture has announced that a number of projects have been chosen to be develop their plan under the European Innovation Partnership Initiative.

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, has announced that 19 projects will progress to the next phase and be funded to develop their project proposals further under the European Innovation Partnership Initiative (EIP).

This form of funding has supported the award-winning Burren Programme and is used in the new Hen Harrier Programme, among several recent locally-led agri-environmental schemes around the country.

“The 19 projects which have been selected to progress to the next phase will now be funded to develop a detailed project plan for their projects,” Minister Creed said.

“A number of these proposals will then be selected to move forward to the full implementation phase.”

An overall funding package of €24m has been assigned to help EIPs, which form part of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme.

The list of projects:

  • Positive AMR Action
  • Lean Dairy Operation Group – led by Macra na Feirme
  • Blackcastle Forage and Farm Group
  • Irish Woodflow Measurement Standards Group
  • Inishowen Upland Farmers
  • Mulkear Integrated Catchment Management Partnership
  • Carbery Group – Small scale Farmer-led green bio-refineries
  • Sustainable Pig Farm Operational Group
  • National Biodiversity Data Centre
  • Ballingeary Flood Committee - Feasibility of Integrated catchment food and water quality solutions
  • Multispecies Grassland Project Group – Forages for Sustainable Ruminant Production Systems
  • Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha Ctr (LAN)
  • IRD Duhallow – River Allow Catchment Management Group
  • Irish BioEnergy Association (IrBEA) - Sustainable farming in the Rathcroghan Archaeological Landscape
  • Rathcroghan Resource Centre
  • Comhar na nOilean Farming Sub Group
  • Caherdaniel Japanese Knotweed group
  • Cooley Uplands Group
  • Forum Connemara Operational Group
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