Pearl Mussel Project average payment increases
Freshwater Pearl Mussel: Image source: Dr. Patrick Crushell
The average payment made to the almost 500 farmers taking part in the Pearl Mussel Project (PMP) increased to €4,800 this year.
The five-year scheme, which has a €10 million budget, was established in 2018 under the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) scheme.
The results-based project, which is due to finish next year, is focused on eight rivers and the surrounding 40,000ha of farmland in counites Kerry, Galway, Mayo and Donegal.
Dr. Patrick Crushell, PMP manager, told Agriland that 2022 saw the return of in-person meetings with farmers as Covid-19 public health restrictions eased.
“That’s a big positive. Our project is very much involved around farmer engagement. We had a couple of tough years there where we were trying to hold Zoom calls and all the rest of it, so it’s been great to get out to meet the farmers again,” he said.
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