To support income diversification among family farmers in South East Ireland, Vulcan Ecosupply Wexford encourages local production of biomass that can supply the Nutricia boiler at the Wexford plant.
Some family farmers in South East Ireland are facing insufficient income levels, a problem that could be alleviated if other sources of income were found. Meanwhile, Nutricia Ireland has invested in a biomass boiler to optimize energy use and reduce CO2 emissions at its plant. It now needs local, competitive biomass suppliers. With the support of the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Nutricia Ireland and Kilkenny Leader Partnership, the Vulcan Ecosupply Wexford project promotes local biomass production through the creation of five biomass producer groups. A local network is being set up to facilitate access to expertise, encourage sharing of best practices, and foster cooperation through shared investment to reach critical mass.
The project creates full time jobs and increases farmers’ revenues. Nutricia secures part of its biomass supply, reduces energy expenses and enhances its reputation locally as a socially and environmentally responsible company.
The project is now independent and has been handed over in 2016.
People with increased or secured revenues