Farmers to hear on soil sampling fund this week

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed the news that farmers will receive notification in the coming days as to whether they have been successful in their application to the EAA funded soil sampling and analysis scheme. 

UFU deputy president Ivor Ferguson said, “I would urge successful applicants to check the details carefully and return the relevant information to AFBI by the deadline in their letter, if they do not do so the offer will be withdrawn.  The scheme was vastly over-subscribed and it’s encouraging so many farmers wanted to be part of this programme.”

Ferguson added.  “We would urge DAERA to evaluate the scheme quickly and work towards securing the necessary funding to roll out a similar scheme in the future.  All farmers could then be offered soil sampling and analysis, which fits in well with the recommendations of the Sustainable Land Management Strategy,” he said.

Successful applicants should be notified by the end of this month, with the scheme beginning from this November to February 2018.

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