Capital budget includes $500,000 for agricultural services equipment21 November 2017
WICKLOW (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $500,000 in agricultural services equipment as part of the 2018-19 capital budget.
“Our staff works to support our farmers and agricultural producers,” said Agriculture, Mines and Rural Affairs Minister Andrew Harvey. “Making the right investment at the right time ensures that we will continue to be able to provide the efficient, high-quality services and support that producers rely on.”
Harvey visited the Potato Development Centre in Wicklow, where capital investments will allow for work such as replacing walls and cooling units on potato storage bins.
“This investment builds on investments announced last year to replace equipment at the Potato Development Centre,” said Harvey.
The department will also fund the purchase of veterinary field equipment and other equipment, including a new backup generator that will ensure the protection of pharmaceuticals and samples.
The funding is part of $28.1 million in spending on new initiatives identified in the capital budget. The government will invest $815.3 million in public infrastructure in 2018-19.
“Agriculture is a key sector of our economy and one that we have identified as a growth area under the Economic Growth Plan,” said Harvey. “Investments like those being made this year by the Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries ensure we can continue to provide farmers with the services they need and help support growth and innovation in the agricultural sector.”