The Processing and Marketing Grant (PMG) is a capital grant scheme aimed at raising the value added of agricultural products and increasing their competitiveness in the market place through improved processing and marketing. Projects might, for example, lead to the development of new or innovative products, raise the quality of existing products or improve or rationalise processing facilities. PMG is open to individuals, groups of primary producers or SMEs involved in agricultural production, processing and marketing. Grants are available towards the cost of new buildings, the refurbishment of old ones and the purchase of new equipment. It is envisaged that the PMG will encourage and promote a wide range of new investments contributing to the rural economy and employment, including projects in the area of regional and speciality foods.
The evaluation is intended to provide early indications of the level of interest in processing and marketing initiatives, the uptake of Processing and Marketing Grant projects aimed at raising value added and of the likely outcomes of such projects. The evaluation will help to inform the mid term evaluation of the ERDP.