The overall objective of the First Rural Developmentgrant scheme (€5.0 million) financed by EU was the modernisation, improvement and upgrading of agricultural and horticultural production. It targeted the introduction of new technologies to improve quality and safety standards, as well as improving the environmental and occupational safety, hygiene and animal welfare status of agricultural holdings. Priorities the scheme addressed are dairy production, crop production and horticultural production.
Following the launch of the scheme on 19 December 2008 a total of 450 applications were received and 133 awarded projects were finalised by September 2011.Second Rural Development grant scheme (RD2) – Supporting Rural Enterprise
The EU-financed Second Rural Development grant scheme, totalling €5 million, focused on post-harvest technologies, dairy processing, rural tourism, rural enterprises, and fisheries and aquaculture. The overall objective of this grant scheme was to modernise, improve and upgrade the post-harvest, processing and marketing of agricultural products and to develop alternative rural incomes including artisanal fisheries. It targeted the introduction of new technologies to improve quality and safety standards, as well as improving the environmental status, occupational safety and hygiene.
Following the launch of the scheme on 25 June 2009 a total of 125 applications were received. A total of 37 awarded projects, spread across the five measures
, were finalised by June 2012.