Naked acres are back in sys­tem

Irish Independent - Farming - - News - Martin Ryan

LAND that be­came ‘naked acres' when en­ti­tle­ments were re­moved from it by farm­ers who stacked pay­ments in 2005 will be re-in­tro­duced into the sys­tem with min­i­mum Sin­gle Farm Pay­ments (SFP) from next year. The cost of the move will be shared among all Ir­ish SFP re­cipi­ants.

The to­tal area sumit­ted for the SFP dur­ing the seven years up to 2012 dropped by al­most 300,000ac.

It is be­lieved much of this drop oc­curred in 2005 when farm­ers were gfiven a one-off op­por­tu­nity to stack up to 50pc of their pay­ments on just half of their el­i­gi­ble area. This may also ex­plain why the av­er­age pay­ment ac­tu­ally in­creased by €6/ha dur­ing the pe­riod to €266/ha.

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