Protein Aid Scheme

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.

Get full terms and conditions of the scheme.