The allocation for GLAS 2019 is €203m. This will also include some residual cases of farmers who are
still in AEOS. The Organics scheme was allocated €11m with additional €1.2m for the development of
the Organics sector.
It is estimated that €15m was allocated to locally led schemes, which include Burren,
Hen Harrier, Pearl Mussel and other schemes. Overall, environmental schemes represented an increase
of around €5.2m.
2.2.2. Suckler Scheme: Beef Environmental Efficiency (BEEPS)
An allocation of €20m of funding was granted to the Sucker sector under the new BEEPS scheme. This
is based on €40 targeted payment with a focus on improving environmental efficiencies in the sector.
This is separate to the existing Beef Data Genomics Scheme. The scheme will involve the weighing of
cows and calves.
2.2.3. Beef Data and Genomics (BDGP)
Under the existing BDGP scheme, in which approximately 24,000 farmers participate, funding of €44m
2.4. Sheep Welfare Scheme
There was a €1m cut to the Sheep Welfare scheme budget with an allocation of €19m for 2019.
2.2.5. Areas of Natural Constraint (formerly Disadvantaged Areas)
There is an increased allocation of €23m for the ANC areas to reverse the cuts made in 2009, bringing
the total allocation to €250m. This is estimated to benefit 96,000 farmers. Details of distribution under the
scheme will be finalised in advance of the 2019 scheme. However, in the meantime, the review of ANCs
will commence of the latter part of 2018 for implementation in 2019. This could result in some changes
to areas and the payment rates.
€103.5m has been allocated to the forestry budget for existing forestry premiums, as well as supporting
an additional 8,000 ha of new planting and the construction of 125km of forest roads.
2.2.7. Farm investment grants – TAMS
There is no change to the budget allocation for the TAMS scheme, with €70m allocated for on-farm capital
investment in 2019. The allocation for next year is the same as 2018, but there is likely to be an
underspend of €10m this year. The utilisation of TAMs funds is of course dependent upon farmers
completing work. With two years of the Rural Development Programme to go, it is most likely that the
total allocation in the 7-year period of €395m will be significantly underspent. IFA will be arguing for
changes to the scheme, so that all funds are utilised.
The allocation of €6m funding for Investment Aid in the horticulture sector is to meet reinvestment needs,
heightened by storm damage and industry restructuring.
2.9. Food, safety, animal and plant health and animal welfare
Total funding allocated amounted to €246m, €242.6m current and €3.4m capital expenditure this is an
increase of 9% on last year. Within this a €34m allocation for TB and Brucellosis eradication and €4.2m
for animal welfare is estimated for 2019.