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Application forms for the Dairy Equipment Scheme are now available and CaitrionaMurphyhas the latest information

Published 01/03/2011 | 05:00

The first tranche of the Dairy Equipment Scheme opens today and is worth €6.92m
The first tranche of the Dairy Equipment Scheme opens today and is worth €6.92m

Today marks the opening for applications from farmers of the €45m Dairy Equipment Scheme.

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Application forms are now available from the Department of Agriculture.

In the following pages, we present the most up-to-date information that was available to us as we went to press.

However, farmers are advised to confirm all details with the Department of Agriculture and their agricultural advisers before submitting an application.

The Dairy Equipment Scheme (DES) will be rolled out in a series of tranches, each with their own application and approval start and finish dates.

The first tranche is expected to consist of €6.92m in grant aid, which will be available for a period of two months.

The second tranche of €3.46m will be made available immediately after Department officials deal with applications from the first tranche.

In order to satisfy pent-up demand from farmers waiting to start work under the scheme, the first tranche is for a larger amount and shorter time than other tranches.

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A total of 10 tranches of €3.46m each will follow in the coming years until the final allocation of €3.48m is made available.

By December 31, 2013, the entire €45m fund will have been allocated if there has been sufficient interest from farmers. The scheme will also feature a selection process that will be used by the Department of Agriculture to assess applications and grant approvals.

This selection process will see applicants ranked in order of priority up to the value of the available funding.

For example, if 1,000 farmers applied for funding in the first tranche of €6.92m, they will be graded according to the Department's criteria.

If the applications from the top 500 eligible farmers amount to the funding limit of €6.92m, then only those 500 applications will be approved.

A rolling application system will apply to farmers not selected for approval in one tranche.

Their original applications can be carried over into the next tranche or they can modify their application and carry it into the next tranche. Farmers have been advised that there is no element of 'fist come, first served' to the application process. Grading of the applications will not commence until the end of the each application period.

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