Cowen welcomes €1.5bn scheme for farm families

Fianna Fáil TD for Laois-Offaly Barry Cowen has welcomed the new Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES) which will deliver significant long-term environmental improvement through a payment package to farmers.

“I’m delighted to see this new package for farmers which will allow them to receive qualitative payments depending on assessments of environmental improvements on their farmland.

“ACRES will address biodiversity decline while delivering important income supports for up to 50,000 farm families through what is the largest amount of money ever committed by a Government to a single agri-environmental scheme.

“Under the scheme farm families will be supported to directly deliver positive results in terms of climate, biodiversity and water quality.

“Farmers are committed to their role in protecting biodiversity and it’s important they are rewarded for their commitment to the environment.”