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Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D.

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THE Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has launched a €56 million Fodder Support Scheme following on from measures announced in recent months to support Irish farmers.

The Scheme aims to incentivise farmers, in particular dry stock farmers to grow more fodder (silage and/or hay) for the coming winter to ensure Ireland does not have any animal welfare issue over the coming winter and next spring. Recent survey results by Teagasc show that half of all dry stock farmers have spread no chemical Nitrogen fertiliser at all on their silage ground.

Launching the measure, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D., said, “Easing the burden on our farm families as a result of the disruptions caused by the war in Ukraine has been a key priority of mine as Minister as well as the Government.

"Our response to the increase in agricultural input costs, in particular for chemical fertiliser and the impact that will have on the quantity of fodder produced and conserved for the coming winter, I am delighted to launch the Fodder Support Scheme today. This is a crucial scheme which will assist grow fodder stocks in the country to ensure we have adequate stocks for the winter ahead.”

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The details of the scheme will be notified to the European Commission in accordance with the Temporary Crisis Framework (TCF) and approval of applications under the measure will be subject to Commission decision on the scheme.

Minister McConalogue added: “The budget for the Fodder Support Scheme is €56 million with a payment rate of up to €100 per hectare. The scheme will be rolled out as a matter of urgency and I hope there will be strong uptake from farmers.”

The application system for the scheme will be ‘live’ in the coming days and farmers wishing to apply can do so either themselves or through their advisor up to August 2.

Areas entered for the scheme must be cut and conserved by September 5.


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