There is no new allocation of payment entitlements or reference years as per the country’s new CAP (Common Agricultural Policy), which came into effect on January 1st, 2023.
However, all payment entitlement values will change in 2023, according to Francis Morrin, head of CAP entitlements division at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, who addressed attendees of IPAV’s recent ‘Farming Report 2023’ virtual launch.
He explained that the value of each payment entitlement will be adjusted to “match the funding that is in the pot for them”.
“That means that the average for the new payment entitlement will be around €154/€155. Convergence will continue, and all lower value entitlements will reach a minimum of 85% of the average by 2026, which will happen in roughly equal steps.”
“What this means is that because that is paid for by higher value payment entitlements, all entitlement values will fall into a range from between €125-€285 by 2026.”
“Transfer of entitlements will be possible in pretty much the same way as before by all the usual means.”
“We do have one change coming where we will require the person, the farmer transferring out the entitlements, to have their signature witnessed on the form by a Garda or a solicitor, for example.”
Statement of entilements
All farmers have received a statement of entitlements for 2022 and will receive another statement in late February/early March 2023 for the new CAP period.
Moreover, another change is the lifting of the current clawback on entitlements sold without land for 2023 and 2024 only, following discussion with stakeholders and analysis in recent years.
Morrin outlined that this change for a two-year period will facilitate hand-overs and strengthen ‘active’ farmers and targeting.
“In 2025, there may well be a reinstatement of clawback on sale without land, but I do not think there will be a clawback on sale with land or any other transfer methods,” he told the virtual meeting session.
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