The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that the budget for the Organic Farming Scheme has been increased to €12m with a further €1.2m for the development of the organic sector.
“The extra €1m increase in the Organic scheme budget for 2020 highlights this Government’s ongoing commitment to the development of the Irish organic sector,” Minister of State Andrew Doyle said.
This will help build on the record volume of Irish land under organic production
“The higher TAMs budget for 2020 will also directly benefit organic farmers as they are direct beneficiaries under this scheme for organic investments.
“This will help build on the record volume of Irish land under organic production which we have delivered under the current RDP. This higher investment is key to the implementation of the Strategy Organic Food Sector 2019-2025 which I published last year.”
The budget for the commercial horticulture sector has remained at €6m.
“Ireland’s horticulture sector faces a number of challenges in the context of Brexit. However, the sector still has significant potential for development. Today’s budget continues to provide significant resources to maximise the industry’s competitiveness,” the minister said.
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