This new criterion will help the OPW figure out which projects should receive funding under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme.
The news was welcomed by the IFA, who says for too long farmers have been discriminated against in the eligibility benefit analysis, which is the way it is calculated whether funding should be made available for farmers for flood defence works.
This, the IFA say, did not account for agricultural losses from said flooding.
Under the newly improved criteria, the flat rate per hectare has been increased from €400 per hectare up to between €623 and €1,474 depending on the lands location and losses due to flooding.
The news comes after recent calls from the IFA and many other agricultural organisations to finally give farmers recognition that they were under threat to flooding.
As a result of the new criteria issued, farmlands can now be included at a rate of up to €30,000 where farmlands are flooded badly and for farmyards under threat, up to €10,000.
The IFA’s Flood Project Chairman, Padraic Joyce, spoke to commend the work carried out by the OPW’s Sean Canney, and said the IFA look forward to working on this schemes implementation with the new Minister Kevin Moran.
Local authorities, who operate the scheme, have been using the newly implemented criteria since June of this year.
The revised criteria will also give local authorities the chance to reassess any projects which may have been turned down in the past.