Au­gust 21 is new KT dead­line

Irish Examiner - Farming - - NEWS - Stephen Cado­gan

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Michael Creed has ex­tended a dead­line for sub­mis­sion of Farm Im­prove­ment Plans data in Knowl­edge Trans­fer (KT) groups by three weeks, to Au­gust 21.

But the July 31 dead­line for hold­ing meet­ings of KT groups re­mains in place. Min­is­ter Creed said, “The ex­ten­sion of the dead­line un­til Au­gust 21 will al­low ad­vi­sors and plan­ners fur­ther time to fi­nalise ac­tions re­quired un­der the Scheme.

“It will also en­able vets to fi­nalise An­i­mal Health Mea­sures for farmer par­tic­i­pants.”

The Knowl­edge Trans­fer Pro­gramme in­volves farmer group in­ter­ac­tion com­ple­mented by one-to-one ad­vice. Fund­ing of €100m is al­lo­cated for KT groups across the dairy, beef, equine, sheep, tillage and poul­try sec­tors. Par­tic­i­pants qual­ify for fund­ing by at­tend­ing meet­ings and ap­proved events and fol­low­ing a tai­lored Farm Im­prove­ment Plan, to help them with com­pet­i­tive­ness and sus­tain­abil­ity chal­lenges.

Min­is­ter Creed said, “This ex­ten­sion will en­able ad­vi­sors and vets to ben­e­fit from ex­tra time to fi­nalise ac­tions for their Knowl­edge Trans­fer groups and to progress the out­stand­ing work car­ried out to date un­der the scheme.”

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