Sheep fencing and grain storage are among the changes to Ireland’s Rural Development Programme submitted to the EU Commission.
The changes, which follow IFA input, include:
Knowledge Transfer: Additional payments for mixed enterprise farmers who will receive up to €1,125 if they join two Knowledge Transfer groups – €750 for one group and €375 for the second.
TAMS: funding for investment in sheep fencing, grain storage, precision and low impact tillage equipment and rainwater harvesting
Burren Programme: The Department is proposing that the Burren Programme be moved from Pillar 1 and reclassified as a Locally Led Agri-environment Scheme.
IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy said approval of these proposals must be swift and the Department must now start work on follow-on amendments to be proposed in 2016. IFA has made submissions on further RDP changes to all political parties in advance of the general election.