The Agriculture Budget has been increased from €1,596m to €1,647m, an increase of 4.2%. Expenditure on farm schemes under the Rural Development Programme as well as other programmes will be €869m in 2019 an increase of 3% from 2019.
Farm Scheme Funding
The allocation for the Agri-Environmental schemes is €235m, this is an increase of €5m. This will include GLAS payments 48,500 farmers in the scheme. Plus, Locally Led Schemes including the Burren, Hen Harrier, Pearl Mussel and other schemes.
In addition, €3m is earmarked for pilot agri-environment schemes. These have yet to be spelt out but they will be related to climate actions on farms and will involve an EIP call.
Sheep Welfare Scheme
€19m allocated for the Sheep Welfare Scheme for 19,000 farmers.
Areas of Natural Constraint
€250m is allocated to the ANC scheme for 2020 and will benefit 104,000 farmers.
Beef Data and Genomics programme
€45m is allocated under the BDGP for 24,000 farmers in the scheme.
Targeted Beef Supports
€40m has been allocated for targeted supports, these include a commitment for continuation of the BEEP weighing scheme. Further possible supports for beef farmers includes rearing dairy beef animals and improvements in standards for animal welfare on beef farms.
€82m has been allocated for on-farm capital investment under TAMS in 2020, which is an increase of €12.1m. This will pay grant aid to 5,800 farmers.
€103.5m has been allocated for existing forest premiums as well as supporting an additional 8,000ha of new planting and the construction of 125km for forest roads. Forestry budget has been maintained for 2020
€6m has been provided for the development of the Commercial Horticulture Scheme.
- €48.2m has been allocated to Bord Bia for food and marketing promotion, an increase of €1.6m to promote Irish beef and sheepmeat.
- €84m has been allocated to the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund, of which €16.8m has been allocated to Bord na gCon.
- Horse Sport Ireland was allocated €4m to assist strategic development in the sector.
Conditional No-Deal Brexit Funds
In the event of a No-Deal, €650m will be made available to the Agriculture, Enterprise and Tourism sectors and to assist regions most affected. This will be staged with €220m allocated in the immediate aftermath of a No-Deal.
Specifically, €110m has been conditionally allocated for the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine in the event of a No-Deal Brexit.
This contains specific conditional supports as follows:
- €85m for beef farmers
- €14m for fisheries
- €6m for livestock and mushroom sector
- €5m for food and drinks processing industry.