Rural Development Programme signifies major investment in rural Ireland – A boost for farmers in Co Monaghan.
Fine Gael TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Heather Humphreys, has welcomed today’s (Tuesday) announcement by Minister for Agriculture and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, of a €4 billion Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.
“Today’s announcement of €4 billion for the Rural Development Programme (RDP) represents a significant investment in rural Ireland and will be a real boost in county Monaghan.
“Measures contained in today’s RDP announcement represent a significant investment in rural Ireland and in the agri-food sector in particular.
“Over the lifetime of the RDP €1,450 million will be invested in the Agri- Environment Scheme (GLAS). This will provide for a maximum payment of €5,000 for up to 50,000 farmers and it is anticipated that some 25,000-30,000 farmers will be accepted into the Scheme in 2015. In addition to the basic GLAS, farmers who take on particularly challenging environmental actions may qualify for a top up payment of up to €2,000 per annum under GLAS+.
“Over €1.3 billion will be invested in Areas of Natural Constraint (formerly known as the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme). The new scheme will include a top up payment for island farmers who face unique challenges.
“A further €395 million will be made available through the new Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) II. Minister Coveney has said that he intends to prioritise dairy equipment, beef and sheep handling equipment, pigs and poultry, slurry on tillage farms, and low emissions spreading equipment for this scheme.
“€295m is being invested in the new Beef Data and Geonomics Programme, which will assist farmers to provide breeding data to support the development of a national cattle breeding databank. This is a really exciting scheme, more details of which will be announced by the Minister in the coming weeks. It will allow farmers to select more efficient animals with the right genetics for easy calving and high weight gain which will improve productivity and margins for farmers.
“Other measures announced as part of today’s RDP include:
- €112 million for knowledge transfer measures
- €70 million for locally led agri- environment schemes
- €44 million for organic farming
- €3 million in support for collaborative farming
“I strongly welcome the significant step forward for farmers represented by today’s RDP announcement. It is time for rural Ireland to feel the benefits of the economic recovery and to grow again.”