Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has announced that payments have commenced under the Protein Aid Scheme.
The Scheme was introduced as a coupled support in 2015 as part of the implementation of the reformed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) package in Ireland.
“I am delighted to confirm that payments are now issuing under the 2017 Protein Aid Scheme. Since 2015, the financial aid provided under this scheme has been an important support for farmers growing beans, peas, and lupins. Not only do these crops provide important environmental benefits, they also help to provide an indigenous source of protein for animal feed,” Minister Creed said.
“€3m has been set aside for the Protein Aid Scheme again this year, and payments are now commencing for the approximately 1,200 applicants. The rate for this year has been set at €215 per hectare, and this represents an important support for tillage farmers given the financial pressure experienced in the sector this year.”