Extension announced to Multi Species Swards Measure applications
The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine has announced a short extension to the closing date for its Multi Species Swards Measure (MMS). The Measure, aiming to encourage farmers to sow multi-species swards, will now close at midnight on 14 April, the same day as the Red Clover Silage Measure
Farmers wishing to apply for the Multi Species Swards Measure, or the Red Clover Silage Measure should apply through www.agfood.ie www.agfood.ie by 14 April 2022.
The two Measures are being delivered by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in co-operation with participating Agri-retailers and Co-operatives throughout the country. They will cover seed purchased from the date of an applicant’s approval letter until 31 August 2022.
How to qualify
To be eligible for the Multi-Species Sward Measure, you must:
- Have submitted a BPS application in 2021/2022
- Apply online at agfood.ie by the NEW EXTENDED closing date of midnight on 14th April 2022
- Following approval, purchase the designated Multi-Species Seed mixture from a participating Agri-retailer/Co-op by 31st August 2022.
- The multi-species sward must be established on lands declared as multi-species swards on the approved applicant’s 2022 BPS application.
Rate of payment
Once an applicant has been approved under the Multi Species Sward Measure a payment of €50 per 12kg bag of multi-species seed purchased (up to the approved maximum) will be made to the Co-op/Agri-retailer. This must be deducted from the full price that the retailer would normally charge. Participation is voluntary and it is open to all regions and farming enterprises.
Multi Species Sward Measure
How to apply
You, or your advisor on your behalf, can apply to participate on agfood.ie . Applications must be received by the NEW EXTENDED closing date of 14th April. If more applications are received than the amount of seed available then a pro rata reduction of quantities of seed may be applied.
You must read the Terms and Conditions here Full details on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine website
Research work carried out on multi-species swards has shown positive results on low nitrogen input plots. These swards could provide a more environmentally friendly production system allowing for increased Carbon sequestration while at the same time reducing emissions of nitrous oxide which is a potent greenhouse gas.
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