The Minister for Disability Galway East TD, Anne Rabbitte, says the deadline for applications to the Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES) has been extended to December 5th. 

Applications were originally due by November 21st but the Minister has now received confirmation that the deadline has been extended out by two weeks to December 5th.

ACRES is Ireland's new 1.5 billion euro agri-environment climate scheme under Ireland's CAP Strategic Plan. It’s a farmer-friendly scheme to help address biodiversity decline while delivering an income support for up to 50,000 farm families in Ireland.

On Midwest Radio News last week, Roscommon/Galway Independent deputy Michael Fitzmaurice highlighted the lack of planners available to assist farmers with their applications to the scheme and called on the Minister for Agriculture to extend the closing date out, to give time for the demand to be met.

Farmers require the services of planners to submit applications to the scheme.

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