Poots commits £14,000,000 to environment farming schemes

Some 500 farmers are expected to get the go-ahead for environmental farming projects, thanks to an estimated £14,000,000 funding package.

The Agriculture Minister, Edwin Poots, made the announcement today and said successful applicants should expect to receive their offers before the Christmas holidays.

He explained: “The Environmental Farming Scheme is an important but voluntary scheme, which supports farmers to undertake measures which help climate change mitigation, maintain biodiversity and improve water quality through a range of options.

“It is funded under the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme and this £14million scheme is on top of the £63million already committed through EFS to date.

“We are confident that most farmers who applied for EFS Wider Tranche 5, and provided the required information, can expect to receive their offers before the Christmas holidays.

“They will then have 21 days to confirm their acceptance of the five-year agreement.

“The rest will be released in January 2022.”

Mr Poots added: “If you received an agreement offer, please log in to DAERA Online Services using your Government Gateway ID and password before the deadline given in the letter to view and accept your agreement.

“Agreements can only be accepted online.”

For queries on EFS Agreements, please contact the DAERA helpline number 0300 200 7848, or email your query to [email protected]