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REPS farmers not excluded from new Bioenergy Scheme, says Coughlan

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., has confirmed that REPS farmers are not excluded from the new Bioenergy Scheme for Willow and Miscanthus under which an establishment grant and annual premium are paid.

Farmers in REPS can obtain the energy crop premium and the establishment grants for area planted with either willow or miscanthus. The remainder of the land continues to be eligible for REPS payment. Minister Coughlan said that she was reviewing the overall position in the context of preparations for the introduction of REPS 4. The new REP Scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme 2007-13 which is currently with the European Commission for approval.

"REPS has its own priorities in terms of biodiversity, landscape and water quality," the Minister said, "and it is governed by certain EU Regulations. However it would be ridiculous for farmers participating in one environmental measure to be precluded from putting part of their land in another, even if it had different objectives. That is most certainly not the case".

13 February, 2007

Date Released: 13 February 2007