A “bureaucratic nightmare”? Ireland unveils €1.5 billion agri-environment scheme – Low Calorie Diets Tips

The Irish Government has provided further details on what the Taoiseach, Michael Martin TD, described as “the largest single investment ever” by the Irish Government when it presented an update to the Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (“ACRES”) this morning.

ACRES, part of Ireland’s draft CAP Strategic Plan, sees €1.5 billion channeled into the country’s agri-food sector. It is hoped that the initiative will come into force early next year, although the draft proposal still has to be approved by the European Commission.

“This €1.5 billion scheme is the largest single investment ever made by an Irish government and fulfills an important commitment to develop a flagship environmental scheme under the new CAP that is user-friendly for farmers and more comprehensive benefits for the environment and biodiversity,”said Martin. “Climate change is a threat to all of us and our way of life; and the agricultural sector has a critical role to play in meeting the challenge while creating resilient farm operations for generations to come.”

Under the proposal, Martin said, around 50,000 farmers would be “supported” to achieve “measurable” climate, biodiversity and water quality gains.

“This is the highest amount of money ever committed by any government to a single agri-environmental scheme, so it’s great news that ACRES is getting this far.”Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Charlie McConalogue TD added.

“Farmers play an important role”

Irish lawmakers hope the initiative will offer farmers income support while tackling issues such as biodiversity loss and environmental protection.

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