IRD Duhallow is launching its new ElP-Agri project ‘Duhallow Farming for Blue Dot Catchments’ at 11.00 am on Tuesday 20th August 2019 at IRD Duhallow, James O’Keeffe Institute, Newmarket, Co. Cork. Special guest for the Project Launch is Ella McSweeney from RTE’s Ear to The Ground.

Duhallow Farming for Blue Dot Catchments EIP-AGRI key points –

  • The project is a €1.47 million project funded by the Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine through the European Innovation Partnership for Agriculture Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI). All landowners on the Allow, Dalua and Owenanare rivers are eligible to apply.
  • The five-year project will develop a farmer focussed approach to simultaneously supporting local agriculture and enhancing the freshwater environment.
  • Working closely with farmers in the catchments of the Rivers Allow, Dalua & Owenanare a results based payment scheme will reward sustainable agricultural practices.
  • The project will encourage economic growth in the region, providing a source of income to farm families who farm in a manner which preserves river ecosystems.
  • The river catchment contains productive agricultural land and is also of high nature conservation value, supporting a wide variety of rare and protected habitats and wildlife including salmon, otter, kingfisher and freshwater pearl mussel.
  • The rivers have previously been the subject of extensive work as part of IRD Duhallow Life Programme, supported by local landowners. The project will build upon the success of these previous projects.

The event flyer includes detail of how to register.