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Doyle announces further payment of forest premiums to landowners of €15.4 million

on Monday, 29 April 2019. Posted in Schemes, Property, Dairy

Mr. Andrew Doyle T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine today announced that

Mr. Andrew Doyle T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine today announced that 4,248 forest owners have received their annual forest premium payments in their bank accounts this week, amounting to a sum of €15.4 million in total. These payments are to those forest owners who applied for payment using the paper based application system. Over 6,000 forest owners, who had applied for their premiums online, have already received their payments since January 2019.

Mr. Andrew Doyle T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine today announced that 4,248 forest owners have received their annual forest premium payments in their bank accounts this week, amounting to a sum of €15.4 million in total. These payments are to those forest owners who applied for payment using the paper based application system. Over 6,000 forest owners, who had applied for their premiums online, have already received their payments since January 2019.

Commenting on the payments, the Minister added, “My Department is paying out almost €70m in forest premiums to Irish landowners this year with over 88% going directly to farmers with an average payment of €3,500 per farmer. These are a welcome addition to farm incomes helping to diversify those incomes and I would encourage all farmers to consider forestry if they wish to avail of this. This is a guaranteed premium for 15 years with all establishment costs covered and complement the existing livestock enterprise on any farm”.

The Minister also advised current forest owners that they might still apply online for their forestry premiums through the IFORIS Internet portal on the Department’s Online Services website (www.agfood.ie). In line with the Department’s policy to move schemes and services online, DAFM is looking at moving to a fully on-line system for next year. The Minister commented, “More and more landowners are moving to apply for their premiums online each year. This is because they see benefits principally that they receive their payment much earlier in the year. We will be making further announcements on plans for next year in the coming months after reviewing the current system”.

The Minister also announced introduction of a reconstitution scheme for forest-owners whose plantations were affected by the severe drought of 2018. The Minister commented, “I am very aware of the financial hardship experienced by landowners whose trees failed due to the extreme drought of Summer 2018.  In addition to the measures which I previously announced for these landowners, I am now announcing this reconstitution scheme which offers a tiered payment system for private forest owners who replace those dead trees

Minister Launches Animal Welfare Guidelines for Dairy Herds

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has officially launched a new booklet produced by the Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Council (FAWAC) entitled 'Animal Welfare Guidelines for Dairy Herds'.

With the expansion of the Dairy Herd nationally this booklet, will assist Irish farmers maintain the highest standards of animal welfare?. Acknowledging the work of the FAWAC, the Minister said; “The work of this group is vitally important in maintaining high animal welfare standards in Ireland”.

The Minister added; “It is necessary too that all those engaged in dairy farming ensure their commitment to good animal welfare practices in order to maintain Ireland’s positive animal welfare reputation.  This is very important given our status as a net exporter of agricultural products. Progress continues to be made in the area of animal welfare with ongoing efforts for further improvements acknowledged”.

Minister Creed thanked the chairman of FAWAC, Professor Patrick Fottrell, and the members of the Council, particularly the members of the Education Sub-Group who include representatives from Veterinary Ireland, the ICMSA, and the IFA together with Department officials for their work in producing the booklet. The Minister also expressed his appreciation of the ongoing and valuable work being done by the Council and for the advice provided in the domain of animal welfare. 

The booklet is available on the FAWAC website at www.fawac.ie or from the FAWAC Secretariat - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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