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Ireland: DAFM clarifies details on bTB balancing payments

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Published Apr 18, 2024

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The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has responded to farmers' concerns regarding outdated compensation rates under the Bovine TB Eradication Scheme. Despite an agreement in February 2023 to update these rates, some farmers reported receiving the old compensation. DAFM clarified that herds now under income supplement payments will benefit from the new rates, and those previously paid at old rates due to IT delays will receive balancing payments once restrictions are lifted. The revised compensation scheme includes increased monthly income supplements, depopulation grants, and hardship grant rates for various categories, including dairy and suckler herds. Additionally, DAFM has simplified the application process for hardship grants to automatically issue payments to eligible herds, aiming to reduce the administrative burden on farmers.
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The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has clarified concerns from farmers relating to balancing payments from the Bovine TB Eradication Scheme. Last February, an increase in compensation rates for farmers whose herds go down with bovine tuberculosis (bTB) was agreed. While the new rates were agreed in February 2023, some farmers have recently contacted Agriland outlining that they were still receiving the old rate of payment under the income supplement scheme for herds that have went down with bTB. In a statement to Agriland, DAFM clarified: “Herds entering into income supplement payments now will receive the new rates. “Considering the complexity of the changes to the scheme, the herds who were receiving the old rates while the necessary IT development work was being carried out, will receive balancing payments when they exit restriction.” According to DAFM, the reason for this is “to ensure that they receive accurate payments”. The DAFM statement explained ...
Source: AgriLand
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