Good news for farmers as Minister Creed announces the commencement of BDGP payments.
The Minister announced his delight at being able to commence Beef Data and Genomics Programme payments.
“I am particularly pleased that payments have commenced for the third year of this innovative Programme which will bring about reductions in Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions while also introducing genetic technology into the national herd thus improving farm profitability.” he said.
He said these payments are worth €37 million, with over 21,000 farmers to receive money.
“These payments, worth €37 million, have commenced issuing to 21,000 farmers who have verified their compliance with the 2017 requirements.” he added.
Creed confirmed that payments under BDGP II will begin in a few days, and says he is aware of the importance of schemes like these and the payments to farmers.
“Payments under BDGP II will also commence in the coming days. In recent months my Department has been issuing payments to farmers across a range of schemes including BPS, ANC, Knowledge Transfer, GLAS, and the new Sheep Welfare Scheme.” he said.
“I am very aware of the importance of these schemes for the farming community, and they provide a significant financial boost for both individual farmers and the wider rural economy.” he added.
BDGP payments will continue to issue on an ongoing basis as more farmers verify their compliance with the 2017 scheme requirements. The Minister urged participating farmers “to return all surveys and genotyping samples and/or complete the carbon navigator update as soon as possible to facilitate payment”.