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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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New €1.3m forestry programme: Increased premiums of up to €1,142/ha

The European Commission has granted state aid approval to the afforestation scheme under the country’s new forestry programme in the current CAP.

The forestry programme represents a €1.3 billion investment by the government in the sector for the next five years from 2023-2027.

The new programme provides for increased premiums for planting trees of up to €1,142 per hectare depending on the forest type, as well as extending the premium period from 15 to 20 years for farmers, while others will receive premiums for 15 years.

According to the DAFM, it offers a “broad” range of planting options, and the rates are 46%-66% higher than the previous forestry programme.

The total budget for the forestry programme 2023 – 2027 is €1.3 billion, according to a statement from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

This includes establishment grants for afforestation as well as annual premium payments for 20 years for farmers who sign up to the programme between 2023 and 2027, and 15 years for non-farmers who do so.

Afforestation Scheme 2023-2027 Grant and Premium Rates

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has published grant and premium rates for its 2023-2027 afforestation scheme as follows:

Forest type Grant/ha Annual Premium/ha Duration of Premiums for farmers Duration of Premiums for non-farmers
FT1 Native Forests €6,744 €1,103 20 15
FT2 Forests for water* €6,744 €1,142 20 15
FT3 Forests on Public Lands** €10,544 n/a n/a
FT4 NeighbourWoods*** €10,200 €1,142 20 15
FT5 Emergent Forest €2,500 €350 20 15
FT6 Broadleaf, mainly oak and beech €6,744 €1,037 20 15
FT7 Diverse Broadleaf €4,314 €973 20 15
FT8 Agroforestry €8,555 €975 10 10
FT9 Seed Orchards €10,000 €1,142 20 15
FT10 Continuous Cover Forestry €5,421 €912 20 15
FT11 Mixed high forests: Conifer, 20% broadleaves €4,452 €863 20 15
FT12 Mixed high forests with mainly spruce, 20% broadleaves €3,858 €746 20 15

An additional payment of €1,000 per ha will be paid to the landowner on completion of planting.

Grant includes trails, seats & signage facilities payment**

Grant includes Facilities payment***

See previous farming news article on:

€80/meeting for farmers in Forestry Knowledge Transfer Group

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