Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy has welcomed the new national agri-environment scheme, as announced by Minister Charlie McConalogue, which is to be delivered as part of Ireland’s draft CAP Strategic Plan (CSP).
“The scheme will be known as the Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (‘ACRES’) and involves funding of €1.5billion. Some 50,000 farmers will be supported directly under this scheme to ensure climate, biodiversity and water quality gains,” he said.
“This is the highest amount of money ever committed by a Government to a single agri-environmental scheme and it will be funded through the EU and carbon tax receipts. Farmers play a key role in the protection of the environment and in enhancing biodiversity through their participation in agri-environment schemes. This is a very welcome development for farms that are interested in biodiversity,” he concluded.