Support and Advice on all areas affecting your business and family
Agricultural related service/smallholder programme is designed to support Farmers and their families to avail of a range of programmes.
As a result of our work we believe that there are a considerable number of farmers who do not fully understand the schemes and services that are in place from a range of government departments to support and improve their overall position.
The following table is to give a general overview of the range of services available:
Support to farmers
The increased farm gate prices for milk has been vital to lift profitability within the dairy sector, incomes have also improved for the beef, sheep ,tillage sectors, however these returns still have a considerable way to go before a viable and sustainable farm incomes can be achieved for the majority of farm families across West Cork.
Many farmers do not rely solely on farm income to support themselves and their families. Therefore some farmers work full time or part time off farm and others may be eligible for a social welfare income support if they satisfy a means test.
West Cork Development Partnership is available to support farmers to improve their incomes and livelihoods, this can be achieved by utilising the various programs operated by WCDP, such as Rural Development Programme/Leader, Rural Social Scheme, Tus, Rural Enterprise Advice and Support.
Maximising Your Income Advice and Support Service.
WCDP Development Officer works closely with a range of government agencies such as,
Department Of Social Protection, Citizens Information service, HSE, Money Advice and Budgeting Service, Department Of Agriculture, Teagasc, Cork County Council.
WCDP development Officer will help to connect or link people to the relevant department or Agency as required.
For further information contact,
Joe Cronin on (027)55165, (086)1717592
Free and Confidential Service.