Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed has announced the opening of Tranche 3 of the Burren Programme for applications from interested farmers.
The Burren Programme is one of a suite of locally-led schemes being rolled out by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM) as part of its Rural Development Programme (RDP). The scheme is targeted at farmers with species-rich grazed habitats in the Burren.
Minister Creed said: “The DAFM, through our RDPs, has funded farming in the Burren region for many years and the current Burren Programme is central to meeting our common objectives of conserving the unique heritage, environment and communities of this unique area. I had an opportunity last week to take part in one of the farm walks organised as part of the Winterage Weekend and can see that the Burren project is an excellent example of an innovative locally-led project under our RDP.
“I would like to congratulate the Burren team and the participating farmers on a scheme which ensures that agricultural activity is undertaken, regarding the local heritage and environmental priorities, and which has fostered a palpable sense of community pride. We look forward to working with them on developing this project into the future.”
This Burren Programme focuses specifically on the conservation of that unique farming landscape in counties Clare and Galway. The DAFM are investing up to €15m over the lifetime of the present RDP.