Noel Coonan TD has welcomed the announcement that the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine is re-opening the Agri-Environmental Options Scheme, AEOS, to new entrants. The local TD said that a maximum payment of €4,000 per annum will apply to individual applicants under the re-opened scheme.
“This is an indication of Fine Gael’s commitment to the ongoing development of the agricultural sector which is vital to our economic recovery. Despite the challenging budgetary situation, we value our farmers in Tipperary and understand they too need a steady annual income,” said Deputy Coonan.
“The Minister has indicated that the scheme will build on the success of both the Rural Environment Protection Scheme (REPS) and both AEOS 1 and 2 in delivering an annual income to farmers in return for farming to high environmental standards.”
Deputy Coonan explained that a maximum payment of €4,000 per annum will apply to individual applicants under the re-opened scheme. The Minister said that as average payments in the past have been lower than the maximum, he is confident that up to 6,000 new participants can be accepted into the scheme.
Deputy Coonan said full details of the new Scheme, including the terms and conditions and application forms will be available in the next few days on the Department’s website at www.agriculture.gov.ie. Hard copies of all scheme documentation will be made available from the Department’s local offices and Teagasc offices nationwide in the next few weeks.