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Agri-Environment Options Scheme and the Natura 2000 Scheme - Closing Date of 16 May, 2011

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD today reminded farmers that the closing date for receipt by his Department of applications under the 2011 Agri-Environment Options Scheme is next Monday, 16 May 2011."It is critical that farmers lodge their applications on time as my Department cannot accept applications received after 16 May", the Minister said.

The Scheme targets the important environmental challenges of biodiversity, water quality and climate change. The Minister said that "Irish farmers have always shown a distinct commitment to environmental objectives and the large uptake of the various REPS Schemes and of AEOS 2010 demonstrates the importance they place on their role as custodians of the Irish countryside. I expect that there will also be widespread interest in the new scheme".

The total funding allocated to the scheme is €25 million per annum and there is a maximum payment to farmers of €4,000 per annum. In addition the some 8,500 farmers who joined AEOS last year are due a total estimated payment of €32m per year, while the some 30,000 participants in REPS 4 are due €192m for the  current year."This is a significant level of funding for those farmers who choose to adopt environmentally-friendly farming practices and demonstrates the strong support for this sector", said Minister Coveney.

The Minister urged farmers who had yet to submit an application to do so immediately. Farmers should ensure that they read the Terms & Conditions and the Specifications documents carefully before they fill in their Application Form. Application forms and other documentation are available from the Department's local offices or any Teagasc office or from the Department's website (click here) "I know that many farmers and planners attended the information meetings my officials held when this Scheme was launched. These were very useful in explaining the objectives and conditions attached to the Scheme. Following these meetings, a Questions and Answers document called 'Questions regarding AEOS 2011' has been placed on the Department's website to assist farmers and planners in completing the Application Form," the Minister said.

The AEOS Terms and Conditions require that 2011 applications to join the scheme be submitted directly to: AEOS Section, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford.

The Minister advised that as a concession and in order to facilitate the submission of applications finalised over the weekend of 14 & 15 May, AEOS applications may be presented to local offices of the Department which are accepting Single Payment Scheme applications by close of business on Monday May 16. Where this facility is being availed of the AEOS application(s) should be presented separately and should not be attached to the Single Payment Application. Any application presented to a local office after close of business on Monday May 16 will be deemed ineligible. Applications sent by post/courier must be submitted directly to Johnstown Castle and not to local offices of the Department.  The Minister concluded by reminding farmers to retain a copy of their application for their own records and a copy of their Swift post or Registered post receipt if posting their application.


Date Released: 11 May 2011