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Extra time for Laois farmers to submit data for Farm Improvement Plans

Laois farmers are left out
Laois farmers are left out

Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, has confirmed that the deadline for submission of data for Farm Improvement Plans in Knowledge Transfer Groups will be extended until August 21.

Speaking earlier this morning, Minister Flanagan stated: “I am pleased to report that the Minister for Agriculture, has confirmed to me that the deadline for submission of data for Farm Improvement Plans in Knowledge Transfer Groups will be extended until August 21, 2017.

“This will give Laois farmers more time to get their information in order. No doubt farm advisors and planners will welcome this extension of the deadline to complete their work.

“The new deadline will also allow vets to finalise Animal Health Measures for farmer participants.

“Funding of €100m is allocated under the RDP for Knowledge Transfer Groups across the dairy, beef, equine, sheep, tillage and poultry sectors. It is crucial funding for many Laois farmers.

“It’s important for farmers to remember that the 31st July deadline for holding meetings of KT Groups remains in place.”

“However, as Minister Creed has highlighted, allowing farmers more time to progress the outstanding work under the scheme will allow them to derive maximum benefit from the Knowledge Transfer Programme. All in all this is good news for farmers here in County Laois.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.