Following on from the package of measures announced last week to provide support to Irish farmers, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue T.D., has launched the Tillage Incentive Scheme.
The Tillage Incentive Scheme (TIS) is a support measure for farmers to incentivise the increase in eligible tillage crops in 2022 to reduce the dependency on imported feed material.
Minister McConalogue said,
“As part of our response to the cost increases currently facing Irish farmers, I am delighted to launch the Tillage Incentive Scheme. The Tillage Incentive Scheme aims to support farmers to grow more tillage crops in 2022, to reduce Ireland’s dependency on imported feed material. We have acted quickly to put this package in place and I am grateful to my Department and everyone in the sector for working so hard to deliver it.”
Minister McConalogue added,
“The budget for the Tillage Incentive Scheme is €10 million and with a proposed payment rate of €400 per hectare. This payment reflects a contribution towards the increase in the cost of growing crops in 2022.”
Farmers wishing to apply for the Tillage Incentive Scheme should declare the eligible crops on their 2022 BPS application on www.agfood.ie by the closing date of 16th May 2022.
Farmers can prepare for the scheme by declaring the eligible crops- barley, wheat, oats, rye, oilseed rape, maize, beet – on their 2022 Basic Payment Scheme online application. The Department will write to eligible farmers in June 2022 inviting them to apply for the scheme.
There are two key eligibility requirements:
- There must be an increase in the total area declared of barley, wheat, oats, rye, oilseed rape, maize, and beet on the 2022 BPS application over the 2021 BPS area.
- The increased area eligible for payment is determined by the area of grassland 2021 parcels converted to eligible crops.
A sample of scheme applicants are selected for inspection each year.
You must comply with the conditions of the Tillage Incentive Scheme.