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Provision of support - knowledge transfer and information actions

Provision of support (knowledge transfer and information actions) to SME’s active in primary production of agricultural products (horticulture and livestock sectors)

Bord Bia provides support in the form of knowledge transfer and information actions (as detailed below) to SMEs active in the primary production of agricultural products (horticultural and livestock sector) in accordance with Article 21 of Commission Regulation (EU) No 702/2014 (OJ L193 of 01.07.2014).

Who is eligible for support?

An SME who is a primary producer in the horticultural and or the livestock sector is eligible for support.

An SME (micro, small and Medium) company defined in Commission Regulation (EU) No 702/2014 (OJ L193 of 01.07.2014), is an enterprise which employs fewer than 250 persons and which has an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 million, and/or an annual balance sheet not exceeding EUR 43 million.

What support (knowledge transfer and information actions) does Bord Bia provide to SMEs active in the Horticulture Sector (edible and amenity)?

Training

Bord Bia organises business development support and training courses and workshops for operators in the horticulture Industry to enable upskilling, sound business management and to promote best practice and production skills.

Amenity Programme

Bord Bia organises Amenity Programmes to encourage and assist amenity horticulture enterprises to develop their business. The Programme is open to SME companies in nursery stock production, flower bulbs, cut foliage and Christmas tree production. Activities sponsored include research of market opportunities, foreign study tours, demonstration activities, inward buyer events, training in marketing and related business disciplines and access to expert consultancy.

Bord Bia Organised Events

Bord Bia organises and supports a number of events, conferences, seminars, trade shows etc for the horticultural sector for which it subsidises costs to participants by paying for rental of premises and costs of associated publications.

Production and Market Information

This programme provides information on consumer and market trends, and changes in production in the horticultural industry and includes the collation of production information and market research into the fresh produce and amenity markets.
The information is available free of charge to the horticultural industry.

What support (knowledge transfer and information actions) does Bord Bia provide to SMEs active in the Livestock sector?

Publications

  • Market information –reports from Bord Bia’s European offices are disseminated to farmers and farm organisations.
  • Weekly livestock reports –reports on prices and market conditions relating to calf and livestock trade are relayed to main livestock exporters and to farmers and farm organisation representatives.
  • Bi-monthly market-updates from other EU Member States on the livestock trade and issues of relevance to intra-community trade. Reports go to all livestock exporters, farmers and farm organisations.

Annual livestock seminars

Bord Bia organises seminars and workshops on issues affecting live export trade – such as updates on diseases, and animal transport regulations. Livestock exporters are invited to attend. Bord Bia subsidises costs to participants by paying for rental of premises and costs of associated publications
Travel costs of participants are also payable at up to 100%

Open days

Bord Bia organises open days in other Member States to disseminate Information on rearing conditions, traceability and quality of cattle. Bord Bia subsidises costs to participants by paying for rental of premises and costs of associated publications. Travel costs of participants are also payable at up to 100%.

What costs are covered?

The aid covers the costs of vocational training and skills acquisition actions, including training courses, workshops and coaching, demonstration activities and information actions in accordance with Articles 21.2 and 21.3 of Commission Regulation (EU) No 702/2014 (OJ L193 of 01.07.2014).

What conditions are attached?

The aid will not involve any direct payments to the SMES active in the horticulture and or the livestock sector. All payments will be paid to the provider of the knowledge transfer and information action in accordance with Article 21.5 of Commission Regulation (EU) No 702/2014 (OJ L193 of 01.07.2014).

The bodies providing the knowledge transfer and information action must have the appropriate capacities in the form of staff qualifications and regular training to carry out these tasks in accordance with Article 21.6 of Commission Regulation (EU) No 702/2014 (OJ L193 of 01.07.2014).

The aid shall be accessible to all eligible SMEs active in the horticulture and livestock sector in accordance with Article 21.7 of Commission Regulation (EU) No 702/2014 (OJ L193 of 01.07.2014).

What is the maximum level of aid?

The aid intensity shall be limited to 100% of the eligible costs in accordance with Article 21.8 of Commission Regulation (EU) No 702/2014 (OJ L193 of 01.07.2014).

How to avail of support?

Producers seeking more information on any of the services detailed above should contact Bord Bia’s Dublin Office.