2013-09-19 16:27:23 - Clare Senator Tony Mulcahy has welcomed the launch of the 2014 Bioenergy Scheme to grant aid the planting of willow and miscanthus crops.
The Scheme was initially launched on a pilot basis in 2007 and has since resulted in the planting of some 3,000 hectares of energy crops. The new scheme is now open for applications and interested farmers can apply for establishment grants of up to €1,300 per hectare to cover 50% of the cost of establishing the crops.
Senator Mulcahy urged Clare farmers to visit www.agriculture.gov.ie to learn more about the scheme, applications for which must be received by Wednesday, 4th December 2013.
According to Senator Mulcahy: “These crops have the potential to play a useful role in helping Ireland to meet its 2020 renewable heat target of 12%. The opening of the Scheme for 2014 provides an opportunity for prospective growers to
engage with energy crop contractors with a view to making an early decision on planting energy crops in 2014.”
“I am confident that the continued supports being made available through the Bioenergy Scheme, taken together with the REFIT tariffs for biomass introduced in 2012, will result in increased interest from farmers who wish to move into energy crop production,” the Fine Gael Senator added.
Details of the 2014 Bioenergy Scheme and application forms can be obtained from Biofuels Policy Unit, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Kea-Lew Business Park, Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Telephone 057-8692224/8692231/8692240 or at www.agriculture.gov.ie.