Minister Pippa Hackett announced that DAFM has started issuing approvals to farmers under the organic farming program.
The reopening of the program has seen organic land in Ireland increase by almost 20% this year alone.
Organic Agriculture approvals
In the announcement, the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Navy, Senator Pippa Hackett, said:
“I am delighted with those who applied to the scheme this year receive their approvals. Over 270 farmers, or 85% of all who applied, get them, while other farmers will get theirs, once the outstanding issues are resolved.
“My department has already been in contact with farmers who have not yet received approval. My officials are working with them on anything that needs to be rectified. “
Referring to the amount of land that falls under the regime, the Minister added:
“More than 14,000 ha of land have been included in the applications submitted this year, an amount that will increase the amount of organically cultivated land in Ireland by almost 20%. “
“It is very encouraging and underlines the appeal of the organic option for farmers.”
Farmers who have received approval for the program will be eligible:
- For an annual payment of up to € 220 per hectare during the conversion period;
- Also, up to 170 € per hectare when their land has reached full organic status.
“Higher payment rates are also available for horticultural farmers and organic ploughmen,” Hackett said.
In addition, she said that she is committed to increasing the number of farmers under the organic farming program.
“I will work hard to secure funding for future reopenings and an expanded program under the next CAP.”
“The demand for organic products is increasing year by year and I am ambitious for the growth of the sector.
“And although this program has prioritized those sectors for which the greatest market demand exists, namely the dairy, horticultural and tillage sectors, I am especially pleased that all of those who were eligible will receive approval and I hope this will continue to be the case with future programs as well. . ”
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