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Minister Coughlan announces €4.6 million Capital Investment Grants for the Fruit and Vegetables Sector

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., today announced awards of grant aid totalling €4.6 million in respect of 13 projects in the Fruit & Vegetables sector under the Department's Capital Investment Scheme for the marketing and processing of certain agricultural products. The awards involve investment of over €13 million in marketing and processing facilities across a wide product range. Grant aid of 35% of approved eligible costs is being provided.

Minister Coughlan stated that the National Development Plan 2000-2006 provides a range of support measures for the food industry. The awards announced today bring the aid approved under the Department's Capital Investment initiative to €43 million in respect of 116 projects, of which €9 million has been approved for 32 horticulture projects.

"The Horticulture sector has been prioritised by the Government as a potential growth area in value and volume terms. The pre-pack and chilled produce ranges, in particular, have provided wider market opportunities in recent times. The awards being announced today will assist in the development of the sector by improving and upgrading the processing and marketing facilities in the enterprises concerned and will enhance competitiveness and assist in ensuring quality and food safety," Minister Coughlan added.

Details of the projects being grant aided are attached.

Beneficiary Product Description of Project Grant Approved
Sillis Green Veg,
Sillis,
Glaslough,
Co. Monaghan
Potatoes/ Mixed Vegetables Installation of a steam cooking, specialised weighing, bagging, and data collection and traceability systems. 218,797
The Gourmet Mushroom Co.,
Rathfeigh Farm, Tara,
Co. Meath
Mushrooms Extension of packhouse and installation of associated equipment. 240,358
Sean Mac Oirealla Teo Food, Carrowbrowne,
Castlegar, Galway
Potatoes/ Mixed Vegetables Investment in modern equipment to develop product range. 219,492
Milne Foods,
Syngefield Industrial Estate, Birr, Co. Offaly
Potatoes/Mixed Vegetables Installation of steam peeling line equipment. 426,751
Tallon Foods, 112/113 Bann Rd, Dublin Industrial Estate,
Dublin 11
Potatoes/ Mixed Vegetables Installation of potato and root vegetable processing line. 100,327
Monaghan Mushrooms,
Tyholland, Co. Monaghan
Mushrooms Installation of automated packing and distribution equipment 599,803
Commercial Mushrooms,
29 Market Street, Monaghan
Mushrooms Investment in modern packhouse and associated equipment. 474,429
Cullen?s Fruit and Vegetables, Aske, Gorey, Co. Wexford Potatoes/ Mixed Vegetables Construction of new premises and installation of automated potato and vegetables processing line 490,521
Vincent Thorne, Sandy Lane, Rush, Co. Dublin Mixed Vegetables New peeling line for root vegetables 125,409
Gold Shield Products, Cortown, Kells, Co. Meath Mushrooms Development of a temperature controlled packhouse with refrigerated storage 139,935
Country Crest Ltd, Rathmooney, Lusk,
Co. Dublin
Onions Installation of an onion drying, conditioning, storage and grading facility. 1,090,093
South East Veg, Bealistown, Ballycullane, New Ross, Co. Wexford Mixed Vegetables Investment in a new building and purchase of associated equipment. 424,583
Begley Bros, 26-31 East Arran St,
Dublin 7
Mixed Vegetables Investment in plant and equipment to automate the processing process. 89,931
Total 4,640,429

27 February, 2006

Date Released: 27 February 2006