Payments have commenced under the Protein Aid Scheme, according to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.
The scheme was introduced as a coupled support in 2015 as part of the implementation of the reformed CAP package in Ireland.
"Since 2015, the financial aid provided under this scheme has been an important support for farmers growing beans, peas, and lupins." Minister Creed outlined.
These crops, the Minister added, not only provide important environmental benefits, but they also help to provide an "indigenous" source of protein for animal feed.
“€3m has been set aside for the Protein Aid Scheme again this year, and payments are now commencing for the approximately 740 applicants."
"The rate for this year has been set at €365 per hectare, and this represents an important support for tillage farmers given the financial pressure experienced in the sector this year.”
Payments under the main 2019 Schemes commenced in mid-September with the advance payment under the ANC Scheme.
Minister Creed noted that since this period, a total of €1.63 billion has now been paid out under a range of schemes operated by the DAFM.