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Ireland must support the growing of bio-energy crops such as Miscanthus

Ireland must support the growing of bio-energy crops such as Miscanthus

Ireland must support the growing of bio-energy crops such as Miscanthus

Ministers Denis Naughten and Michael Creed are examining potential financial supports that would incentivise farmers to grow energy crops, the Farming Independent has learned.

As public consultations for the Government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme come to a close, Minister Naughten says he is now focused on progressing talks with the Minister for Agriculture on income gains for farmers who could grow eucalyptus and willow to power a new green energy sector in the midlands.


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