REAP - The Facts
Teagasc has produced a Factsheet and a video on the new Results-Based Environment-Agri Pilot Project (REAP). Find out more here and listen to what Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist has to say about REAP. Expressions of Interest must be lodged with DAFM by Monday May 10th
The Results-Based Environment-Agri Pilot Project (REAP) is a Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM) pilot project that pays farmers to maintain and improve the environmental conditions of their land. This two-page factsheet provides information on the pilot project.
The pilot will test the ‘Results-Based’ approach and prepare farmers, Advisors and DAFM for the Agri Environment Scheme in the new Rural Development Programme in 2023. There is no guarantee of entry. 2 year duration: 2021 and 2022
Who CANNOT apply?
Farmers in GLAS; EIPs or Organics.
How to make an Expression of Interest?
» Through a DAFM approved REAP Advisor
» Contact your local Teagasc Office
» Deadline for expression of interest is Monday, 10th May
IF accepted into REAP
» You choose any grass fields totalling 2 – 10 ha
» Your Advisor will walk these grass fields in June / July and score each field with you using one of two scorecards (Low Input Grassland or Multi Species Ley)
» The score determines the level of payment
»Your Advisor will discuss the option of planting trees or hedges
Watch the short video on REAP below
REAP will focus on improving existing farm features rather than the creation of new features and habitats. Farms with higher environmental scores will receive larger payments.
- Max Payment: €6,900 in one year & €5,700 in other year for a score of 10/10.
- Average payments will be significantly lower than maximum payments.
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist speaks to Catherine Egan about REAP on this week’s episode of The Beef Edge podcast.
Listen to the podcast here
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Find out more about the pilot project here REAP