A new €30 million forage scheme announced in the budget last month was launched today by the Minister for Agriculture, with payments of €100/ha available to farmers.
The 2023 scheme is a follow-up to the 2022 Fodder Support Scheme and aims to incentivize farmers, particularly dry cattle farmers, to grow more fodder (silage and/or hay) in 2023 to ensure Ireland does not face animal welfare issues next year.
Only successful applicants for the 2022 Feed Promotion Program are eligible to apply for the 2023 program.
The scheme aims to encourage farmers, particularly dry farmers, to plant more forage (silage and/or hay) for the winter of 2023 to ensure Ireland does not face animal welfare issues.
The maximum eligible area under the program is 10 hectares with a potential maximum payment of €1,000.
If the program is oversubscribed, the payment rate per hectare will be less than €100/ha. In this scenario, the ministry reduces the payment rate for all hectares or keeps the rate of €100/ha for the first hectares and lowers it for the last hectares.
The prepayments will start in December 2022, the compensation payments will be made in the 4th quarter of 2023.
The online application system for this scheme is now open and farmers wishing to apply for the feed support scheme can do so either themselves or through their advisor until midnight on December 5th 2022 by logging onto the Exceptional Aid Scheme on agfood. ie register . All applications, whether submitted by farmers or advisors, must be made through the online system.
According to Agriculture Secretary Charlie McConalogue, supporting family farms remains a key priority for him and for the government at large during this prolonged period of uncertainty.
“There continues to be pricing pressure on agricultural input costs, particularly chemical fertilizers, and the impact this will have on the amount of forage produced and conserved over the next year. I’m excited to introduce the 2023 feed support program in 2023. This program builds on the success of the 2022 feed promotion with over 71,000 applicants, each of whom is expected to shortly receive an average payment of 735 euros, and which will also help to ensure an adequate supply of feed to farms.
“The initial budget for feed promotion is 30 million euros, with a payout rate of up to 100 euros/ha. I will continue to monitor the situation around farm input prices through 2023 and if they remain high I will seek additional funding for this program.”
“I urge all 71,000 eligible farmers for this program to apply in a timely manner and ensure they read the program’s terms and conditions, which are available on my department’s website. My department expects to start disbursing prepayments under this program before the end of December 2022.”
The details of the scheme will be communicated to the European Commission in accordance with the Temporary Crisis Framework (TCF) and the approval of applications under the measure will be subject to the Commission’s decision on the scheme.
Applications will be subject to a series of administrative checks as part of the BISS 2023 application process. The review of double claims, excessive claims, etc. may have an impact on the area registered for the feed promotion 2023.
At least 3% of applicants for the Feed 2023 funding program are subject to specific administrative controls. In this regard, the Ministry reserves the right to request proof of compliance with the system requirements before issuing payments. The following non-exhaustive list of methods may be used by the Department to ensure compliance with the scheme:
• Evidence of forage being grown, mowed and preserved – for example, receipts from a contractor for mowing, baling, wrapping, etc. of the grassland area entered for the program in hectares.
• Receipts must contain sufficient information, including name and address of supplier, name and address of applicant, date of purchase, quantity and type of material.
• Geotagged photos submitted in a manner described by the department.
• On-site inspections.
Penalties are imposed in cases where the promotion is not completed or only partially completed. If the area declared exceeds the area determined, the aid is calculated on the basis of the area determined, up to a maximum of 10 hectares.
If the difference between the declared area and the determined area is less than 5 percent, the payment will be based on the determined area.
If the difference between the declared area and the determined area is more than 5 percent but not more than 20 percent of the determined area, the payment will be based on the determined area. In addition, a penalty will be charged, calculated on the difference between the declared area and the determined area.
If the difference is more than 20 percent of the determined area, no aid is granted.
If the difference is more than 50% of the determined area, no aid is granted. In addition, a penalty will be charged, calculated on the difference between the declared area and the determined area. Any amount of the penalty payment will be offset against payments of aid under one of the payment schemes to which the farmer is entitled in the context of applications made during the three calendar years following the calendar year of the determination.
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