Organic Farming Scheme 2021 will yield future dividends!
The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett today announced the reopening of the Organic Farming Scheme for new applications from farmers. The reopening, is expected to result in an increase of up to 30% in the number of farmers farming organically in Ireland this year.
Announcing the opening of the Scheme, Minister Hackett said,
“This is a really good scheme which provides farmers with the support they need to go organic so I would really encourage those considering conversion to engage with it. I promised to help the growing number of farmers in Ireland who want to farm organically – this scheme does that. Going organic can lead to higher prices and more sustainable way of farming. It’s less intensive, and it embraces nature and natural processes to produce organic food, for which there is a growing demand both in Ireland and across Europe. And I’m delighted to see my Department helping farmers cater for that demand by reopening the scheme, with the extra funding and scope for so many more farmers to join.”