Thursday, 1 April 2021
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Organic Farming Scheme
402. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of participants in the organic farming scheme by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18040/21]
The table below gives the number of participants in my Department's Organic Farming Scheme in 2020.
403. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the average amount received by participant in the organic farming scheme by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18041/21]
Based on payments that issued in 2020 under the Organic Farming Scheme, the average amount received by farmers in each county is as follows;
The table above refers to all payments under the Organic Farming Scheme that issued in 2020. It must be noted that 70% of farmers who are in the Organic Farming Scheme are also participants in GLAS. Farmers who select certain actions on a land parcel in GLAS may not be entitled to a payment under the Organic Farming Scheme on the same land parcel.
The calculation of the payment due to a farmer under the Organic Farming Scheme includes a stocking density calculation. In order to receive the full payment, a stocking density of 0.5 livestock units per hectare is required. For farmers who do not have this stocking level a pro-rata payment will issue.