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31/10/2017

Payments Begin Rolling Out Under Knowledge Transfer Programme

Payments have started rolling out under the Knowledge Transfer Programme, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has announced.

Given the structure of the Programme, payments are rolling out on a sector by sector basis with payments for farmers in sheep Knowledge Transfer Groups having already been issued.

Payments in respect of beef Groups will issue later this week, while other payments for dairy, tillage, poultry and equine Groups will follow shortly after.

Speaking today, 31 October, Minister Creed said: "I am delighted to confirm that payments under the Knowledge Transfer Programme have now commenced. The Knowledge Transfer Programme is a key element of the €4 billion Rural Development Programme, and seeks to help farmers develop the skills and knowledge which will enable them to address sustainability, productivity and competitiveness challenges.

"Approximately 1,100 Knowledge Transfer Groups under the Programme build on the success of the previous Discussion Group model. In addition to helping to upskill farmers, the group model has also been shown to have significant social benefits for farmers in terms of helping to address issues linked to rural isolation.

"I have always been very supportive of the group model underpinning the Knowledge Transfer Programme. Not only do farmers get expert advice from a trained facilitator, but they can also share their experience and learn from each other in the group setting. This interaction between farmers has proven to be very popular and successful, and I am confident that the 19.000 farmers currently in Knowledge Transfer Groups will continue to see the very real benefits of this approach."

(LM)

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