Adrian Leddy, IFA Regional Executive has strongly encouraged all eligible beef and suckler farmers to apply for the new €100m BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure).
Farmers can now apply as the scheme opened on Monday and the closing date is Sunday, September 8th.
Mr. Leddy said the Department of Agriculture has published the terms and conditions for the scheme, which sets out the details of how €100 per finished animal and €40 per suckler cow can be drawn down by farmers.
“IFA campaigned very hard to secure this €100m funding. It’s essential that all eligible farmers apply. All of the money must be drawn down and paid out to farmers as soon as possible as they are in real financial need because of the crisis in the sector,” he said.
He added that despite some of the restrictive conditions imposed by Minister Creed and the EU Commission, farmers should make an application and the Minister must ensure that the €100m is paid out in full.
He also said it is important that suckler farmers in this county apply and also farmers that sold finished cattle in the mart.
Based on data presented by the Department of Agriculture, over 37,000 beef finishers and 55,000 suckler farmers are eligible.
Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan added his encouragement, saying that the BEAM scheme application process was user-friendly and that the funding would be of major benefit to farmers.
“I would encourage beef farmers to submit an application to the BEAM when it opens. I am keenly aware that farmers are dealing with very challenging market circumstances at present. This scheme will provide some additional income support at a very critical time.
“BEAM will provide financial aid to Irish beef farmers and is targeted towards those farmers most affected. BEAM is also designed to meet the requirements set out by the Commission, including granting support to farmers engaging in actions which enhance their long-term resilience and sustainability,” he said.