Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (474)

Carol Nolan


474. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the greening payment will be rolled over; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51385/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Greening scheme, introduced in 2015, delivers over €360 million on an annual basis to Irish farmers. Under Greening, farmers - in particular arable farmers - have specific obligations in terms of the number of crops and the amount of ecological focus area that they must have on their holding.

In 2020, Greening along with the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will continue. Therefore, obligations that existed heretofore under Greening will still apply.

At a farmer level, the greening payment is calculated as a top-up payment of approximately 44% of the BPS payment.