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|
|FT2||Forests for water*||€6,744||€1,142||20||15|
|FT3||Forests on Public Lands**||€10,544||n/a||n/a|
|FT6||Broadleaf, mainly oak and beech||€6,744||€1,037||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***
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