Senator Mulcahy urged Clare farmers to visit www.agriculture.gov.ie to learn more about the scheme, applications for which must be received by 12th October 2012.
According to Senator Mulcahy: “This scheme will provide an opportunity for prospective growers to make an early decision on planting energy crops in 2013 and facilitate the assessment of lands with potential for inclusion in prospective applications at a time of year that should avoid the adverse winter weather conditions experienced in recent years.”
“The allocation for the Bioenergy Scheme in 2013 will be decided in the context of the Budget and Estimates for 2013 and I am confident that the continued support through the Bioenergy Scheme, taken together with the REFIT tariffs for biomass introduced earlier this year, will result in increased interest from farmers who wish to move into energy crop production,”
The closing date for submission of applications for pre-planting approval is Friday 12th October 2012. Details of the 2013 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 057-8692231/
Note to Editor:
Senator Tony Mulcahy is available for interview on 086-2436345