€1.5M for five Donegal seafood processing and aquaculture cultures

first_imgDonegal TD Joe McHugh has announced the award of €1,492,002 in funding to five firms in the county in the seafood processing and aquaculture industry.Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip and Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, said Donegal had secured the highest amount of funding for the sector.Mr McHugh said: “I am delighted to announce that Donegal has received a huge investment boost from the Government and European Union in order to sustain and develop the hugely important seafood and aquaculture industry in the county. “Five companies will benefit. These are businesses that are providing valuable employment and helping to sustain coastal communities while at the same time they are developing new markets for the Donegal economy. They have ambitious plans and with this financial backing they can now set their sights on taking advantage of growth opportunities.“Donegal is leagues above other parts of the country when it comes to the seafood and aquaculture industry and it is impressive to see such strong backing for the growth of the industry from both our own Government and from Europe.“In total €1,492,002 is being sanctioned in grants and I’d like to praise the teams involved in Atlantic Bluestack Oysters, Ocean Farm Ltd, Racoo Shellfish, Bells Isle Seafoods and Donegal Fish Ltd for pursuing ambitious growth strategies.“Donegal has secured more funding for seafood and aquaculture businesses than any other county in this latest round of funding. This is what can be achieved with the right determination from business and the influence that I can exert around the Cabinet table. “These grant awards contribute to the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and are another example of this Government sustaining and develop communities in rural areas.”The grants are being funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the European Union under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programme (EMFF).In total €4,863,643 in grants is being awarded to 26 seafood enterprises and three research institutions in 11 different counties.On top of the grants for Donegal-based seafood enterprises, Jade Ireland Seafood Ltd, which has a presence in Donegal, Wexford and Cork, secured €38,925 under the EMFF scheme as part of an overall investment of €155,700 for development of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan markets.€1.5M for five Donegal seafood processing and aquaculture cultures was last modified: April 24th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sonowal, Laos Ambassador discuss ties between both countries

first_imgGuwahati, Jun 7 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal met Laos PDR Ambassador to India Southam Sakonhninhorm in his office today and discussed a gamut of issues on strengthening bilateral ties between India and Laos, more particularly concerning Assam.Chief Minister Sonowal said Assam was keen to work with Laos in the fields of trade and commerce, cultural exchange, sports and strengthening road connectivity through Myanmar, said a government release here.Asked about the sectors Laos could tie up with Assam, the Ambassador said Assam could tie up with Laos in the fields of agriculture, irrigation, organic farming and hydro-electricity and there was huge potential for investments in these sectors, the release said.Terming the 59-years long diplomatic relationship between Laos and India as cordial, Sakonhninhorm said there was enormous potential for investments in various sectors as both countries were ASEAN members.The Ambassador said Laos was keen to invest in tourism and mining sectors in which Assam has enormous potential and extended invitation to the Chief Minister to visit Laos, the release said.The Chief Minister pointed out that avenues for trade and commerce and cultural relations vis-a-vis socio-economic development would open up by strengthening connectivity between Assam and Laos.Underlining the need for establishing ties in the sectors of sports and culture initially and then subsequently expanding it to other fields of cooperation, Sonowal urged the Indian Ambassador to Laos PDR, Ravi Shankar Aisola, who was also present in the meeting, to take the lead.Asserting that the Centre has accorded top priority towards development of Assam and the North East by formulating the Act East Policy, Sonowal said opening up of the Stilwell Road, for which efforts were on, would act as a catalyst for more growth and development in the region, the release added. PTI ESB DKB IKA PSadvertisementlast_img read more

Podcast finding the first horse tamers and spawning salmon debates

first_imgJessica Piispanen/USFWS Who were the first horse tamers? Online News Editor Catherine Matacic talks to Sarah Crespi about a new study that brings genomics to bear on the question.The hunt for the original equine domesticators has focused on Bronze Age people living on the Eurasian steppe. Now, an ancient DNA analysis bolsters the idea that a small group of hunter-gatherers, called the Botai, were likely the first to harness horses, not the famous Yamnaya pastoralists often thought to be the originators of the Indo-European language family.Sarah also talks with News Intern Katie Langin about her feature story on a single salmon gene that may separate spring- and fall-run salmon. Conservationists, regulators, and citizens are fiercely debating the role such a small bit of DNA plays in defining distinct populations. Is the spring run distinct enough to warrant protection?This week’s episode was edited by Podigy.Listen to previous podcasts.[Image: Jessica Piispanen/USFWS; Music: Jeffrey Cook]last_img read more