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Minister Heydon announces major investment in farm safety

Funding provided for the procurement of 18 farm machinery simulators

Minister of State with responsibility for Farm Safety at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Martin Heydon, T.D., today announced the provision of funding to Teagasc for the procurement of farm machinery simulators for use in agricultural colleges.

Making the announcement about the […]

€25,000 for Kildare Food Network under Agri Food Tourism Funding – HEYDON

Minister Martin Heydon has confirmed funding of €25,000 for the Kildare Food Network, Flavours of Kildare. The funding is made available under the 2022 Rural Innovation and Development Fund through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

“Flavours of Kildare is a celebration of our Kildare food and drink producers whose mission is to champion […]

The Development of a New Food Hub for Athy is a Key Priority of New Mid East Regional Enterprise Plan – HEYDON

A new Regional Enterprise Plan for the Mid-East Region to 2024 was launched yesterday and includes a number of priorities for Kildare in the agri food, equine and low carbon sectors.

“The new Regional Enterprise Plan for the Counties of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow was launched by my colleague Minister Damien English yesterday.  It is one […]

Record funding a welcome boost to Animal Welfare organisations – Heydon

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Martin Heydon has welcomed the record level of funding awarded to 98 animal welfare organisations this week.

A total of €3.7m will be allocated to the organisations, including two in Kildare The KWWSPCA Animal Shelter (€34,500) and My Lovely Horse Rescue (€26,250), to support their ongoing efforts in […]

€70m national funding to help food producers in County Kildare diversify and develop post Brexit – HEYDON

Agri-food projects across County Kildare are to benefit from €70 million in national funding to help producers identify new markets and expand their offerings following Britain’s exit from the EU, a Fine Gael Kildare South TD and Minister of State Martin Heydon has said.

22 projects in the dairy and meat sectors across the country are […]

Minister Heydon welcomes work permit boost for equine and horticulture sectors

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Martin Heydon has welcomed an allocation of work permits for the equine and horticulture sector as part of a review of Ireland’s employment permits system.

Ireland operates a managed system which is reviewed twice a year. As part of the most recent review 1,000 permits were made available […]

Minister Heydon and Minister McConalogue to address Kildare Farmers at Kilcullen mart

Minister of State Martin Heydon and TD for Kildare South will be joined by Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue in Kilcullen mart on Tuesday to meet local farmers.

The Ministers will hear farmers’ views on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and take their questions. They will also visit a local farm in the […]

Businesses and farmers in Kildare advised to consider €330m Brexit loan scheme – HEYDON

Minister of State Martin Heydon TD has advised SMEs and farmers in Kildare that a €330m Brexit loan scheme has opened for applications today, Friday 15 October.

The Brexit Impact Loan Scheme (BILS) is a successor to the Brexit Loan Scheme and provides low-cost loans to eligible Brexit-impacted businesses including those in the primary agriculture sector.

Loans […]

Common sense solution needed to peat harvesting issues – HEYDON

A common sense solution is needed to resolve ongoing issues around the harvesting of peat which is causing difficulties for horticulture growers, according to Minister of State Martin Heydon.

The Irish horticultural industry makes a significant contribution to the Irish economy with a farm gate value of almost €440m and employs an estimated 6,600 people. It […]

Minister Heydon welcomes significant step in sheep meat access to China

Martin Heydon, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture with responsibility for new market development  and Kildare South Fine Gael TD has welcomed significant progress in gaining access to the Chinese market for Irish sheepmeat.