Belfast Telegraph

RHI 'clean bill of health' for farmers

By Jonny Bell

The Ulster Farmers' Union has welcomed an auditor's report that found "no cause for concern" over how chicken and mushroom producers had claimed from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

A barrister representing boiler owners told the High Court on Wednesday that a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers had given the poultry and mushroom sectors "a clean bill of health".

There had been concern that some grant recipients had been taking advantage of the lack of cost controls, earning more cash the more fuel they burned in the boilers.

It was also revealed during the hearing that inspections have uncovered no financial abuse of the scheme among poultry and mushroom businesses.

UFU chief executive Wesley Aston said the findings confirmed that farmers were being unfairly criticised.

"Farmers were deemed guilty until proved innocent - and that is exactly what this report has done," said Mr Aston.

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