A coupled payment is available for growing protein crops.
Ireland has decided to use €3million of the Basic Payment ceiling under CAP to provide a Protein Aid Scheme which provides a coupled payment for growing nitrogen fixing crops, also referred to as protein crops.
The crops eligible for payment are beans, peas and lupins.
The maximum rate of aid payable is €250 per hectare. However, if in a scheme year the amount of aid claimed by applicants exceeds the ceiling of €3 million, the rate of aid payable will be reduced on a pro-rata basis to ensure respect for the ceiling.
Payment will be made from December 1st each year.
5% of applicants under the Protein Aid Scheme will be selected for inspection to ensure compliance with the rules of the scheme.