The targeted crop loss support measure to assist cereal farmers affected by the September 2016 wet weather conditions has been launched.
The news came as an announcement today by Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
€1.5 million will be provided as a financial contribution towards the cost of spring cereals crop losses in excess of 30% by yield, experienced by growers.
Eligible crops include spring barley, spring wheat, spring oats and spring oilseed rape.
A payment rate of up to €200 per hectare of eligible crops in 2016 can be issued, with up to a maximum payable area of 35 hectares.
In order to qualify for the measure, an affected areas must be 3 hectares minimum.
Confirmed losses in 2016 exceeding 50% of eligible crops compared to the reference period will see the distribution of an additional hardship payment of €100/ha to the area.
Official documentation has to be clarified, along with the declaration of impacted area on BPS application.
The measure applies only when losses are not covered by the insurance of an applicant.
A focused and targeted deliverance at the most impacted, while simultaneously ensuring prudent expenditure of public finances are among the objectives of the Minister.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Creed highlighted the difficulties farmers experienced including difficult harvest and yield losses.
All details of the measure including frequently asked questions and eligibility criteria will be available from today, on the Department’s website.
Applications must be submitted ahead of the set deadline, Friday 25th August.