Poultry producers directly impacted by coronavirus will receive a much-needed boost as the £4million support scheme in Northern Ireland has opened.
Broiler breeders who suffered financially following a decrease in demand for hatching eggs, particularly in international markets and interdependencies within the supply chain, will be eligible for support.
“Our broiler breeder farmers who suffered significant losses because of the impact COVID-19 had on their sector, will be relieved at the news that progress is being made to get the funding rolled out to those who need it,” said William Irvine, deputy president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).
“After meeting with Moy Park, DAERA recognised that some broiler breeder producers had endured a large fall in income, depending on the stage of production of their flocks. This was due to the impact COVID-19 had on the hatching egg market as demand fell significantly. The funding will provide essential support, helping to sustain rearing and laying farms after experiencing such financial losses.”
Letters are expected to arrive with broiler breeders who are eligible for COVID-19 support soon. They will be invited to apply for the support package and guidance will be provided on how to do this. The application must be completed online via DAERA Online Services and the deadline is Wednesday 24 March 2021.