Over half a million euro in LEADER funding has been approved for nine projects in Mayo.
Eight of the projects come under the Enterprise Development category, with one under Rural Tourism, and grants are being allocated to Ballina, Castlebar, Westport, Newport, Kilmovee and Bangor Erris.
€588,583 in total has been approved for these 9 companies across Co Mayo - a number of which are involved in the food sector.
Over €191,000 has been allocated to the Deerpark Cookery School in Aughagower, Westport to build a dedicated cookery school and food tourism hub on a greenfield site.
Also in Westport, over €167,000 goes to Mescan Brewery Ltd in Kilsallagh for the upgrade of the brewhouse and purchase of new equipment.
And over €40,000 goes to the Bean West Coffee Roasting Company in the Westport Industrial Park to purchase a range of equipment to expand their artisan coffee roasting business.
Kelly's of Newport will receive over €77,000 to install a complete software / hardware system at their artisan butchers to manage purchases, stock control, production and sales.
In Castlebar, €36,800 LEADER funding goes to Wild Atlantic Pure Ltd at the Golden Mile Industrial Estate in Breaffy, to purchase equipment and storage units.
Almost €25,000 has been allocated to Reilly's butchers on Main St in Bangor Erris, to purchase new meat processing equipment to expand their range of products.
Over €18,000 goes for Rachel's Irish Adventures based at the Quay in Ballina, to purchase electric bikes and trailer for the bike tour business.
And also in Ballina, there's over €13,000 for House of EQ - Brand Strategy & Marketing at Carrowcushlaun - for hosting online workshops.
and Hillcrest Home Bakery in Kilmovee receives almost €20,000 for new bakery equipment, marketing and branding,
Mayo FG Deputy Michael Ring has welcomed the funding under the LEADER programme.
He says the food sector is one of Ireland's most innovative indigenous industries, and a vital source of employment in rural areas.