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Read how others are developing their rural areas.

Case Studies are showcased here to share ideas and practice. Please note they may not be eligible for funding under the current Rural Development Programme.

Farming

Farm Business Improvement Scheme FBIS Tier 1

The Farm Business Improvement Scheme (FBIS) is funded under the NI Rural De-velopment Programme 2014-2020. The Scheme is a package of measures aimed at improving the competitiveness and sustainability of the farming sector.
The Capital Scheme has two separate tiers – Tier 1 and Tier 2...

Farming

Farm Business Improvement Scheme Tier 2

The Mitchell Family are Dairy farmers and wanted to make their farm more efficient while at the same time benefit the environment. With funding sought under the NI Rural Development Programme via The Farm Business Improvement Scheme (Tier 2) Capital, 6 robotic milking units were purchased along w...

Business and Enterprise

Carnroe Supplies Ltd

Hugh O’ Boyle, founder and Director of Carnroe Supplies Ltd, Kilrea, Co L/Derry wanted to enhance his company’s operational capability and provide a platform on which the business could achieve growth. Funding was sought under the NI Rural Development Programme via The Rural Business ...

Business and Enterprise

Farlow Engineering Ltd

Alan Farlow, Director of Farlow Engineering Ltd, Garvagh, Co L/Derry identified demand in the marketplace for bespoke double decker trailers, which the company could respond to if the operational capability of the business could be developed.  With funding sought through the NI Rural Develop...

Farming

Farm Family Key Skills

Noreen McPeake is from a farming background in Swatragh, Co. L/Derry.  She is one of over 500 people who have attended a Farm Family Key Skills Health and Safety workshop.  Managed by the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), these workshops are funded through the R...

Environment

William McIlroy

Mr McIlroy wanted to make his beef cattle business operate more efficiently so he identified the parts of the land which were most difficult to farm and devoted them to growing native woodlands. He also wanted to enhance the environmental value of his holding and to create a legacy for the future...

Agri Food

Strawberries NI

Strawberries NI was a small group of 6 strawberry growers that applied to the Supply Chain Development Programme, a scheme under the NI Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.  They received facilitation and specialist mentoring to develop their group and enhance the understanding of their ma...

Farming

Farm Family Options Skills Training

Farm Family Options (FFO) Skills Training was funded under Axis 1, Measure 1.1 of the NI Rural Development Programme 2007 -2013. Running from February 2009 to March 201, it had a total available budget of £2.6 million.  Almost 13,000 farmers and farm family members benefited over the l...

Cooperation

Village Links

Village Links is an example of a co-operation project which was supported under the previous NI Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.  The Lead LAG in Northern Ireland was the North East Region LAG which partnered with Waterford LEADER Partnership.  The overall aim was to look at appro...

Business and Enterprise

NI LEADER Programme 2007 2013

The LEADER Programme of the 2007 - 2013 Rural Development Programme supported over 1800 projects from across rural Northern Ireland.  Funding supported farm diversification initiatives, business creation and expansion, service provision, tourism initiatives, heritage projects and renewa...