Agriculture Secretary Charlie McConalogue confirms a €10 million crop program for 2023

A €10 million arable farming program for 2023 has been announced by Agriculture Secretary Charlie McConalogue.

The minister confirmed that the tillage support scheme, introduced in response to the situation in Ukraine, will continue next year, with funds of EUR 10 million available to farmers.

This follows from the €400/ha for new land planted this year, he said, and next year, if that area is maintained, farmers will receive €200/ha, while each additional land converted to arable land for 40 €/ha.

“We want the progress we’ve made to continue. We want tillage to be supported and that will be an important measure.”

The National Plowing Championships, he reminded those in ploughing, began “very much centered around the arable sector”, a sector which is “hugely important” to Irish agriculture and has gained prominence against the backdrop of the illegal invasion of Ukraine and the challenge presented by the world grain supply.

When asked if food prices were too low, the Taoiseach Micheal Martin singled out the new Office for Fairness and Transparency, saying that “there is no question that the primary producer must be rewarded for his work at a level that makes sense.

“We need to find a balance that keeps primary producers in the game and also reduces volatility within the industry.”

Responding to Putin’s recent speech, he said he was “very concerned about it”.

“I am a very serious speech. It is an attempt to annex new territory from Ukraine and force people in Ukraine. The threat of using nuclear weapons is very serious and I think the West and Europe must be very resilient to support Ukraine.

“I call on President Putin and Russia to end this war and declare a ceasefire. There is unnecessary killing on both sides. For what – a 19th century imperialist goal.”

At the opening of the Shannon Bridge power station, he said he didn’t think it would be feasible. “I understand the sentiment behind it, but practically from a regulatory and licensing perspective it would be very challenging. When it comes to energy and renewables, we have to move very quickly.” Agriculture Secretary Charlie McConalogue confirms a €10 million crop program for 2023

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