Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, has announced the opening of the 2023 Multi-Species Sward and Red Clover Silage Measures. The measures were launched on April 12th, and the total budget is €2.5 million, Minister McConalogue said: “A payment rate of up to €300/ha is also being provided for, which represents a significant increase on the rate of aid paid last year.”
The Minister also announced a number of key changes compared to last year’s Pilot Measures including:
- payments will be made directly to the approved farmer on a per hectare basis
- the payment rate has been increased significantly up to a potential €300 per hectare where eligible swards are established. A reduced payment rate per hectare will apply as appropriate if eligible applications exceed the available combined budget for the two measures
- to receive payment under either measure, an applicant must indicate the correct crop type on their 2023 BISS application
To apply, an applicant/their agent needs to log into Agfood.ie and then select “Multi-Species Sward and Red Clover Silage Measure”, they then select “Schemes to Enter” and finally “Multi-Species Sward Measure (MSSM) 2023/Red Clover Silage Measure (RCSM) 2023”.
Applicants must agree to the declarations and Terms & Conditions. The application portal will close on 29 May 2023.