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Minister launches fodder production incentive

Featured Minister Michael Creed. Minister Michael Creed.

 

 

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has launched an incentive measure for tillage farmers to produce additional feed this autumn through a financial commitment of up to €2.75 million.

  The Minister launched the scheme having secured the agreement of the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe.

  Referring to the launch, Minister Creed said: “I am acutely aware of the need to prepare for the winter ahead. I have been actively engaged with the Fodder Group and through their work in maximising production of home grown fodder is a collective priority this autumn. Through this incentive, I am encouraging tillage growers to actively engage in the fodder market”.

  The initiative will provide an incentive of €155 per hectare for tillage growers who grow a temporary crop of short rotation grasses for fodder production over the winter months and €100 per hectare for those growing catch crops such as fodder rape, turnips, etc.   

  Currently over 23,000 hectares of catch crops are supported under the Agri-Environment Scheme, GLAS. This additional funding commitment aims to incentivise a doubling of this area.

 “This year has been a challenging year for both livestock and tillage farmers. This measure will support tillage farmers to supply into what is a strong market for fodder”, added Minister Creed.

 

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