Applications for the Government’s €100m scheme for the Agri-food sector are open to help at this challenging time, confirmed the Tánaiste.
The scheme has been set up in recognition of the sector’s unique exposure to the impact of Brexit. Up to €70m is available under the first call, which is being administered by Enterprise Ireland. It is open to large, medium or small enterprises, engaged in the processing and marketing of primary meat and dairy products.
The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said: “The trade deal agreed with the UK last December mitigated against a doomsday scenario for the Agri-food sector, however there is no doubt that Brexit will still have a significant impact. This Fund, which will put €100m investment into helping the sector adapt, diversify and innovate, is one of the ways we are helping the sector respond.”
The Agri-food sector is one of Ireland’s major employers, employing more than 173,000 people. The scheme aims to secure existing jobs and help companies explore new technologies, creating new jobs.
The Tánaiste added that, in addition, low-cost loan schemes, direct aid for farmers, and additional resources from Bord Bia are also available to help the sector.
All relevant documentation is now available on Enterprise Ireland’s website. A week of consultation and briefing will commence immediately. A webinar for applicants will be available on 9 February and companies can make enquiries to CIS@enterprise-ireland.com
Eligible companies are invited to submit applications from Wednesday 10 February until the closing date on Thursday 15 April 2021.