Increase in funding for organic farming in Budget 2022
Minister Pippa Hackett today expressed her departments ongoing commitment to organic farming with an increase in spending allocated towards organic farming for the year ahead. The Irish Organic Association welcome the increase and ambition for organic farming by the government.
“There’s a big increase in the allocation for the organic sector, with the funding going from €18 to €23 million, of which €21m will be provided for the organic farming scheme. This is an additional €5m in the scheme budget compared to last year and allows for the reopening of the scheme to new entrants in 2022. Overall, this more than doubles the amount allocated to organics since I’ve come into office. It demonstrates our commitment to expanding the sector and allows many more farmers to make the transition to organic farming. I am determined to work with all stakeholders and advisory services to ensure all farmers are fully aware of the opportunities which going organic can provide. And I intend to publish, very shortly, a targeted ‘Action Plan for Organics’, which will complement the National Organic Strategy 2019-2025” said Minister Hackett.