Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has welcomed the announcement by her government colleague Minister Charlie McConalogue of a targeted intervention package for the tillage sector and a multi-species sward initiative, worth over €12 million to support Irish farmers.
Senator O’Loughlin said, “I have been in contact with many farmers in South Kildare who have been hugely impacted by the high cost of materials and the huge pressure the war in Ukraine has put on supply chains.”
“The package announced today is designed to aid the production of more native crops while reducing the need for importing crops.”
“I have been liaising with Minister McConalogue and other colleagues to advocate for measures to be put in place to support farmers. The Tillage Incentive Scheme will incentivise farmers to grow additional tillage crops in 2022 versus 2021, a payment of €400 per hectare is proposed”.
“Also announced is the Protein Crops supports which will help encourage farmers to grow protein crops (i.e. peas, beans, lupins and combi-crops) in 2022. €3 million has been sanctioned through the EU funded Protein Aid Scheme and a further €1.2 million is proposed to be provided to guarantee a payment of €300 per hectare for beans, peas and lupins and €150 per hectare for combi-crops.”
Fiona concluded by saying “I would encourage farmers to take account of this package when deciding on crops to sow in the coming days and weeks. It is also worth noting for local farmers that the crops declared on their 2022 Basic Payment Scheme application will be the basis for any future payments for these tillage and protein crops.”