Aid payments launch for 117 Burren farmers
Payments averaging €6,000 began for Burren farmers last week as part of the new three-year Burren Farming for Conservation Programme.
Some 117 farmers from the 13,000ha Burren region in north Clare and south Galway signed up for the three-year agri-environmental programme.
Announcing the scheme, the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, noted that the scheme had already generated significant environmental benefits in its first year, including a major shift away from the feeding of silage to ration-based feeding systems, the repair of 18km of broken walls, the provision of new water supplies and pathways, along with the removal of scrub from species-rich grassland.
"These developments will result in improved water quality in this very sensitive karst landscape, protect sensitive limestone springs from pollution and allow the Burren's famous rare flora to emerge every spring," he said.
A new network of paths has also been opened up.