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Minister announces speeding up of Farm Waste Management Scheme approvals and Extension of Deadline for submission of Outstanding Details

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., today announced that revised procedures are being introduced immediately by her Department in order to speed up the process of issuing approvals under the Farm Waste Management Scheme. This involves the streamlining of administrative procedures for approval of applications and includes the release to applicants of the newly revised Standard Costings used to assess the financial implications of proposed investments carried out under the Scheme.

Minister Coughlan stated that the new costings would be applied to all letters of approval to commence works under this Scheme issued by her Department since 1 January 2007. The Minister added that revised Costings have also been introduced in respect of the other on-farm investment schemes operated by her Department. She added that the introduction of these revised arrangements as well as offering greater clarity and transparency will greatly speed up the approval process for farmers intending to carry out investment work under the Scheme.

Minister Coughlan also announced that she has extended the deadline for submission of outstanding drawings and other details from applications lodged under the Farm Waste Management Scheme to Friday, 29 June 2007.

The Minister stated that she was aware that a number of farmers, and their consultants, were having difficulties in arranging for the required drawings to be supplied to her Department by the original deadline of end-March 2007. Accordingly, this deadline is being extended to Friday, 29 June 2007 for the receipt by her Department of all drawings and other details outstanding from the grant applications already received by the Department under the Scheme. Where planning permission is required for the proposed works, written confirmation from the agricultural consultant would also have to be received by that date that such planning permission had been applied for, together with a copy of all drawings which have been submitted for planning permission purposes.

The Minister again reminded farmers that in all cases, work could not commence until written approval has been issued by the Department and that a strict deadline of end-December 2008 is in place under the Scheme for the completion of all work and the submission of payment claims to the Department.

9 March, 2007

Date Released: 09 March 2007