Pig farmers can now apply for a payment of up to €20,000, the new Minister of Agriculture for the Pig Special Payments Program (PEPS), Charlie McConalogue has announced.
Breeders who have already produced more than 200 pigs by 2021 can take advantage of this scheme, totaling 7 million euros.
Applications can be made by completing the PEPS Application Form available on the Department’s website.
To take advantage of this program, which is open to applications until March 20, farmers must:
- Be 18 years of age or older on the date of application;
- As the holder of the number of active herds with
- herd owner status (herd keeper is not accepted);
- Produced 200 or more heads from January 1 to December 31, 2021, including (swine must be brought to slaughterhouse, released from the barn, sold commercially from breeding pigs); and,
- Returned a complete National Swine Census for 2021.
There will be 12 payment rates with farmers who qualify for a one-time, fixed payment of between €3,000 and €20,000.
Farmers who produced more than 1,300 pigs last year can be paid 20,000 euros while those raising less than 200 pigs cannot apply.
Candidates in the Farm Partnership registered with the Department are eligible to apply for the Program, provided that the application is made to the Registered Farm Partner Number and signed by each partner. .
Farmers are required to ensure that they are registered on the Department’s CCS system and that all relevant payment information is up to date when applying.
The plan, which is a grant funded solely under minimum regulations, is an urgent emergency response to allow pig farmers to plan how to adjust to the market situation. new and will be enacted “as quickly as possible,” according to Secretary McConalogue.
According to Roy Gallie, IFA President, Roy Gallie, rising feed and energy costs in recent months coupled with falling output prices have resulted in some pig farmers losing up to 10,000 euros a week.
He said the pig industry, which is worth 1.6 billion euros and accounts for more than 8,000 jobs, directly and indirectly, is under serious threat.
“While pig farmers received 50p/lb (equivalent to €1.40 today) for their meat in 1986, they are now receiving €1.42/kg, and inflation has eroded exactly half the purchasing power of that number.
“So, in effect, we’re expecting half the price we got in 1986 to pay for all life-related expenses by 2022.”
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