Additional €1.5m available for Organic Processors

May 18, 2024 | Climate Change, Farm Viability, Green Architecture

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), have announced the reopening of the Organic Processing Investment Grant Scheme (OPIG). This tranche of the scheme will have a budget of €1.5 million to support investments in the Irish organic processing sector. This brings to €3mn the grant aid available to organic processors in 2024. The OPIG Scheme will open in tranches; with this tranche being open from 14th May to 14th June 2024.

Announcing the scheme, Minister Hackett said, “Earlier this year I opened OPIG with a new higher 60% grant rate and a budget of €1.5mn. Due to unprecedented demand, I am now delighted to announce a further €1.5mn is being made available for the scheme. Following the publication of The Green Public Procurement Strategy and Action Plan 2024-2027 the State now has a target to purchase 10% organic when procuring food. We need to make sure as much of this as possible is Irish organic food”.

Organic farming is an expanding segment of the Irish agricultural sector with an additional 1000 farmers having chosen to farm organically this year. There are now over 5,000 organic farmers in Ireland hoping to receive a market premium for their organic produce. Investing in the Irish processing sector will be important. The OPIG scheme provides funding to processors who wish to invest in developing facilities for the processing, preparation, grading, packing and storage of organic products.

Information on the Organic Processing Investment Grant Scheme can be found here.

Further information on innovations in organic farming can be found here.

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