Farmers will be able to draw down a maximum payment of €1,290 under CRISS, also known as the Complementary Redistributive Income Support for Sustainability or ‘front loading’ in the new CAP.
According to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, which has allocated a budget to the tune of €118m for the measure, CRISS is designed to redistribute CAP funds from larger farms to medium and smaller-sized enterprises.
Under the scheme, farmers will receive a payment of circa €43/ha up to a maximum of 30ha.
According to the DAFM, payment is not linked to payment entitlement values, but is on eligible hectares, to the max quantity outlined above.
Those participating in the scheme must meet the definition of an active farmer, meet the minimum requirements to receive a direct payment and submit a BISS application online each year, a statement from the DAFM reads.
According to Teagasc Ballinrobe’s Eamonn Patten: “CRISS is a bit like the ANC payment in that you get paid up to 30ha”.
“We are after hearing recently that there will be a requirement here to have at least one entitlement, so that may put a spanner in the works for someone with no entitlement,” he told attendees of Teagasc Mayo’s recent webinar on new direct payments.
“Just to give you some examples. Farmer A: A farmer with 20ha will at €43/ha, draw down €860.”
“Meanwhile, a farmer with 30ha will get the max payment of €1,290, and a farmer with, for example, 50ha will be paid €43/ha to a maximum of 30ha, which means you still only get the €1,290,” he concluded.
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