Apply now for the rainwater scheme's €8m
Some €8m in grant aid is now available to farmers under the Rainwater Harvesting Scheme, which opens for applications from today.
Grant aid of 40pc for certain rainwater harvesting equipment is being paid out, up to a maximum of €25,000 investment per farm. Scheduled to remain open until December 31, 2013, the scheme will have a maximum grant aid of €10,000 per farm and a minimum investment amount of €2,000.
The scheme is aimed at reducing water costs on Irish farms and is one of a series of targeted agricultural schemes that will be co-funded by Europe.
Application forms for the Rainwater Harvesting Scheme are available for download from the Department of Agriculture website, www.agriculture.gov.ie.
Similar to the Dairy Equipment Scheme, the Rainwater Harvesting Scheme includes a grading system which will apply to all applications. In this selection process, top priority will be given to farmers who are heavy users of water.
To identify the heaviest users of water, Department of Agriculture officials will grade farms based on a points system.
Dairy farmers will be assessed on the basis of each production unit (1,800l of milk quota) accounting for 1.5 marks.