Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the Commercial Horticulture Sector:
The Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the Commercial Horticulture Sector grant, aids capital investments in specialised plant and equipment in the horticulture sector. The scheme’s objectives are to: promote the diversification of on-farm activities; improve the quality of products; facilitate environmentally friendly practices and improve working conditions.
The Scheme of Aid for Producer organisations in the fruit and vegetables sector
In the face of ever-greater concentration of demand, the grouping of supply through Producer Organisations ( ‘POs’) is more than ever an economic necessity in order to strengthen the position of producers in the market. Furthermore, production and marketing of fruit and vegetables should take full account of environmental concerns, including cultivation practices, the management of waste materials and the destruction of products withdrawn from the market, in particular as regards the protection of water quality, the maintenance of biodiversity and the upkeep of the countryside.
Accordingly, in its 2007 reform of the Common Organisation of the Market for Fruit and Vegetables, the European Union (EU) made further provision for financial assistance to producers grouping, on a voluntary basis, to form recognised POs and implement approved operational programmes that improve the quality and efficiency of operations and achieve the following objectives:
- improving the competitiveness and market orientation of the sector so as to contribute to achieving sustainable production that is competitive both on the EU and external markets; reducing fluctuations in producers’ incomes resulting from crises on the market; increasing the consumption of fruit and vegetables in the Community and continuing the efforts made by the sector to maintain and protect the environment.
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– National Strategy For Sustainable Operational Programme 2009 to 2013
– Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the Commercial Horticulture Sector Terms and Conditions
– Terms & Conditions