Pig producers in Northern Ireland who have been financially impacted by the effects of increasing input costs can now apply for a further support payment.
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affair’s (DAERA) £1.6 million support scheme opened for applications on Tuesday (February 7).
UFU deputy president John McLenaghan said, “The opening of DAERA’s pig support scheme today will be well received by our members.
“The funding will help cover the financial losses pig producers have endured over the past number of months due to market volatility and soaring input costs. Although the support scheme will not be enough to cover all the losses incurred for pig producers, it will help with cashflow supporting both our family farms and the Northern Ireland pork industry.
“The UFU lobbied continuously to get this funding secured and we thank DAERA for taking our concerns on board and rolling out the scheme. I encourage all farmers who have received an eligibility letter to make it a priority to fill out the online form so they can benefit from the funding as soon as possible.”
The closing date for applications is Tuesday, February 21. For more information visit, www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/exceptional-costs-pig-scheme.