The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Dara Calleary T.D., has today (Wednesday, August 19th) announced the opening of the Beef Finisher Payment (BFP).
The scheme is a one-off, exchequer funded grant aid scheme under the Covid-19 State Aid Temporary Framework with funding totalling €50M.
The objective of BFP is to provide support for beef finishing farms in Ireland which have been severely impacted by the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The minister commented, “This support aims to provide a valuable income support and mitigate the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic for those farmers who finished cattle during the period from February 1st to June 12th, 2020.”
“Beef farming is an important economic activity, with a significant multiplier effect in local rural communities, and, thus, is more important than ever in sustaining these communities.”
“This scheme has been designed to make the application process as user-friendly and accessible as possible for farmers and I urge any farmer who is eligible for a payment to apply without delay,” Calleary concluded.
How to apply
Terms and conditions and further details on the programme are available here.
Applications must be made online via the Agfood.ie portal and the application window will remain open until September 9th, 2020.