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Funding Announced to Help Farmers Improve Water Quality

Green Party Minister Pippa Hackett has announced a €60 million funding package to help farmers improve water quality on agricultural land at this year's Green Party convention in Athlone. The scheme will run for 5 years, beginning in early 2023. The scheme will give farmers the opportunity to work with experts and advisors to reduce the risk of water pollution on farms.

Welcoming the funding, Green TD Deputy Steven Matthews said:

“We hear a lot about the climate and biodiversity crisis, and rightly so, but when discussing the protection of our environment, it is crucial that the importance of water quality is not overlooked. Our lakes, rivers and reservoirs are precious commodities which play a massive role in our everyday lives. Water quality has knock-on benefits to the health of our climate and biodiversity so I am delighted that this scheme has been announced in order to safeguard it.

“This funding is brilliant news for farmers and local farming communities who will be able to work collaboratively with experts and other advisers to reduce losses of phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment to water from agricultural lands. I would like to congratulate my Green Party colleagues Minister Pippa Hackett and Minister Michael Noonan for their collaboration on this very important scheme.

“Having spoken to farmers from around Wicklow and meeting with the Wicklow branch of the Irish Farmers Association(IFA), I know that they are eager and willing to play their part in tackling our climate and biodiversity crisis. This funding is yet another example of the Green Parties commitment to dealing with climate issues head on. If anyone would like further information about this scheme, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me directly,” Deputy Matthews concluded.



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