Presentation to ACA AGM Carrigaline 21 February 14

Report
The Rural Development Programme, 2014-2020
Proposed Measures
Paul Dillon
21 February 2014.
Previous RDP (2007-2013)
• Axis 1 Competitiveness (10%)
– Training
– Early retirement and installation aid
– Farm improvement
• Axis 2 Environment (80%)
– LFAs
– REPS/AEOS/Natura
• Axis 3 Wider Rural Economy (10%)
– Measures delivered through LEADER
Objectives and Priorities of new RDP
• 3 objectives
– Fostering the competitiveness of
agriculture
– Ensuring the sustainable management of
natural resources and climate action
– Achieving balanced territorial
development of rural communities
• Cross cutting objectives – innovation,
climate change and environment
Objectives and Priorities (2)
• 6 priorities for rural development
– Knowledge transfer and innovation
– Enhancing competitiveness
– Promoting food chain organisation, animal
welfare and risk management
– Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems
– Promoting resource efficiency and a low carbon
economy
– Promoting social inclusion and economic
recovery
RDP funding
• Overall Financing
– €2.191 billion from EU (7% for LEADER)
- €1.715 billion from exchequer
– €3.9 billion for 2014-2020 (over €4bn with
LEADER)
Proposed Measures
1. Agri-environment climate measures
1(a) GLAS and GLAS +
• Structure takes into account key challenges
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Core requirements for all GLAS applicants
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Application approved by planner
Nutrient Management Plan
Compulsory knowledge transfer
Record keeping
Proposed Measures (2)
– Tier 1 Priority entry for GLAS
• Actions you must undertake to get priority access if they
apply to your farm
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Habitat conservation (natura sites eg freshwater pearl mussel)
Conservation of bird species (eg corncrake, twite)
Uplands conservation (commonages only)
Watercourse fencing where field is in grass
Watercourse buffer zones where field in tillage
• If the above aren’t applicable you must undertake one of
these actions to get priority access
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Low emission slurry spreading
Minimum tillage
Green cover establishment from a sown crop
Wild bird / flower cover
Proposed Measures (3)
• Tier 2 General Environmental Actions GLAS
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Low input permanent pasture / hay meadow
Riparian margins
Coppicing hedgerows and laying hedgerows
Traditional stone wall maintenance
Tree planting
Enlarged headlands
Cultivation of tramlines
Environmental management of fallow land
Arable margins
Rare breeds
Birds, bees and bat boxes
Proposed Measures (4)
• Farmers who have gained priority access can take on
general actions to maximise their payment
• Planners required to advise farmers on most suitable
actions
• Costing of specific actions is being done
• Envisaged as building up to 50,000 farmers at max
€5,000 (possible GLAS+)
Proposed Measures (5)
1(b) Organic Farming Scheme
– Examining options for increased participation
– Possible integration with GLAS to top up OFS
payments
1(c) Targeted output based schemes
– Possible expansion of Burren Scheme
– Competitive fund for similar structures aimed at
key challenges
Proposed Measures (6)
2. Areas of Natural Constraint
– Formerly LFA / DAS
– Proposal to continue at current level
– Biophysical criteria for designation to be
introduced by 2018.
Proposed Measures (7)
3. On Farm Capital Investments
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Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme II
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Dairy equipment
Slurry storage
Animal Housing
Bionergy
Trailing shoe
Support for Young Farmers under TAMS II
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Higher rate of aid intensity
Proposed Measures (8)
4. Knowledge Transfer Measures
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European Innovation Partnership
Knowledge Transfer Groups / EIP
CPD for advisors
Targeted Advisory Service on Animal Health and
Welfare
Proposed Measures (9)
5. Collaborative and Quality Focused
Measures
– Support for collaborative farming
– Artisan food cooperation schemes
– Support for quality schemes
Proposed Measures (10)
6. Targeted Support
– Beef Data and Genomics Programme
• Build on 2014 scheme
• Tissue tags, sampling for genotyping, data
recording and submission etc
• Rising to a €50m scheme
– Support for Island Farming
Proposed Measures (11)
7. LEADER
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Separate focused consultation to facilitate bottom
up approach
Initial themes identified as part of SWOT and
Needs analyses and incorporating CEDRA
analysis – rural enterprise, social inclusion,
broadband, environmental issues, rural youth
etc.
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How many farmers?
All on-line?
When will schemes open & close?
Demand exceeds supply?
Cost (to farmers) of lodging applications?
Submitting nutrient management plans?
Knowledge transfer & CPD: why?
Constructive Suggestions?
• Send them to us
• Thank you
Paul Dillon
Assistant Secretary General,
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,
Johnstown Castle Estate,
Co. Wexford,
Ireland.
Tel +353 (0)1 6072637
[email protected]

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