€56m fodder support scheme now open for ANC Category 1 land

The €56 million fodder support program is now open to farmers whose land is classified as Category 1 under the Natural Constraint Areas (ANC) programme.

This land had previously been posted as ineligible for the scheme, but the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine confirmed this week that it will be eligible to apply where the applicant agrees to cut and conserve silage and/or hay on this land before September. 5.

“Any farmer who has already submitted an application that may have been affected by this change will be contacted by the department in due course,” a department statement said.

Any farmer who wishes to apply for the support scheme can do so themselves or through their adviser until August 2 by logging into the Exceptional Support System on Agfood.ie.

The goal of the program is to incentivize and help farmers grow enough grass and save enough forage (silage and/or hay) for the winter of 2022, according to the Department of Agriculture.

“This is to reduce the risk of animal welfare issues over the coming winter following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 and the impact this had on the agricultural input costs,” the department said.

The payment rate will be up to €100 per eligible hectare, up to a maximum of 10 hectares.

Payments are expected to begin flowing to resolved cases in late November 2022.

Last support measure

This is the latest support measure the department has put in place for farmers to deal with the impact of the war in Ukraine on input prices.

In March, a €12 million tillage incentive program was launched to encourage the cultivation of tillage crops as well as red clover and multi-species grassland.

Two separate support programs worth €20 million for the pig sector have been delivered while a targeted program worth almost €3 million has been set up for the pig sector. horticulture and vegetables.

Launching the program this month, Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue said, “Easing the burden on our farm families from the disruption caused by war in Ukraine has been one of my main priorities as a minister as well as the government.

“Our response to the rising costs of agricultural inputs, particularly for chemical fertilizers and the impact this will have on the amount of fodder produced and saved for the coming winter, I am delighted to launch the Support Program to fodder.

“This is a crucial program that will help increase fodder stocks in the country to ensure that we have sufficient stocks for the coming winter.”