Alternative options on offer under environment scheme
Published 02/03/2010 | 05:00
Details of the proposed Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS) have been outlined by the Department of Agriculture.
As expected, the scheme will operate on a menu-type system, with payments to the farmer based on the number of actions he/she undertakes on the farm.
Farmers who are eligible for entry to AEOS will be asked to nominate which of three primary environmental objectives they will work towards.
The three objectives are halting biodiversity decline, maintaining water quality and combating climate change.
Under each heading, the farmer must choose at least one mandatory action, a complementary action and then choose additional actions.
A farmer who chooses the biodiversity option must then choose at least one of four mandatory actions. These are species-rich grassland, traditional hay meadows, establishment and maintenance of habitats and wild-bird cover (grassland farms only).
The farmer can then choose to add a second mandatory action or a complementary action.