The department has said that the total budget for the second tranche of the scheme is expected to be £7.5m.
DAERA (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs) has announced that 2,996 applications were submitted for the Tier 1 capital grant element of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme before the deadline at the beginning of February.
The scheme provides up to 40% grant funding for equipment and machinery costing between £5,000 and £30,000.
The department has said that the total budget for the second tranche of the scheme is expected to be £7.5m, although this is subject to final approvals.
Applications will be ranked according to the points-based selection criteria and the first letters of offer will be sent out to successful applicants following budget approval.
Read more in this week’s NI edition of the Irish Farmers Journal and at www.ifj.ie/ni
Between 2007 and 2016, a total of 23 children lost their lives due to farm accidents. The focus for the fourth day of farm safety week, is educating children about the dangers of farms.
“Summer is a particularly dangerous time for children on farms as they’re off school and are about more when work activity is running at a very high level - often with contractors on-site operating potentially dangerous vehicles and machinery,” said Caroline Farrell, IFA farm family chair.
Agri Aware the agri-food educational body has a number of resources focusing on farm safety including the “Once Upon a Farm” farm safety awareness video.
“The first step is educating people, especially children,” said Agri Aware chair Richard Moeran. “If we can instil in their minds, from an early age, an awareness of the dangers on the farm, and help them to form good farm safety habits, that lesson will be with them for a lifetime.”
Beyond Farm Safety Week, Deidre O'Shea, chief executive of Agri Aware, tells Irish Farmers Journal reporter Una Sinnott about the work that goes into creating awareness of farm safety throughout the whole school and farming year.