Only half of all DES applications have been processed
Only half of the 842 dairy farmers who applied for funding under the Dairy Equipment Scheme (DES), before it was temporarily suspended in June, have been approved by the Department of Agriculture.
Official figures released by the Department show that 439 farmers have been approved for works under the DES so far.
The remaining files are still being processed, with officials likely to complete approvals in the next 2-3 weeks.
The processing procedure will include an on-farm inspection for a representative number of farms in order to ensure that work has not begun prior to approval.
The value, in grant terms, of the 842 applications received was around €9.6m, according to the Department. The average grant approved per application is €11,400.
Just five applications from the 842 received have been either withdrawn or rejected.
According to Department officials, the main reason for rejection of applications has been a breach of the maximum of 500 production units. This was one of the criteria set down in the conditions of the DES.