Short window of opportunity for Organic Farming Scheme - Martin Kenny TD
Speaking in Dublin today Sinn Féin’s Agricultural spokesman, Martin Kenny TD, welcomed the news that the Organic Farming Scheme has been very successful, attracting more new applicants than any previous scheme.
Deputy Kenny said:
“More and more farmers want to convert to organic farming systems. Latest figures indicate that there are now some 72,000 hectares under organic production, an increase of nearly 50% on the position at the start of the Programme in 2014.
“The Organic Sector Strategy Group, established in early 2018, has recommended re-opening the Organic Farming Scheme, but the window of opportunity is short with applications accepted on from 19 November to 19 December this year.
“There is an allocation of just €1.25m and those interested should get their applications completed and delivered before next Wednesday, 19th December 2018.
"Applications must be made online but there is no need to have an agricultural advisor. All registered organic farmers are eligible and priority will be given to those areas which are considered to be in deficit: horticulture, tillage and dairy.
"The size of holdings and the kind of production involved with determine the number of farmers who will be accepted into the scheme."