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.