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Department Sets Out Position Regarding Set-Aside Entitlements

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food today confirmed that agreement had been reached in Brussels on the introduction of a 0% compulsory set-aside requirement for 2008.

In excess of 28,000 hectares is currently set aside in Ireland under the 2007 Single Payment Scheme.

Under existing rules, land is set-aside for the period 15 January to 31 August and, during this time, it is forbidden to use such land for any agricultural production. However, during the period 1 September to 14 January the land may be used for forage production or grazing.

The Department pointed out that under the new rules for 2008, farmers who plant on set-aside land and who hold entitlements for this land, will receive full payment on these entitlements. For example a farmer with 27 standard Single Payment entitlements and three set-aside entitlements who declares 30 hectares under arable and/or forage crops in his or her 2008 Single Payment application, will receive the full Single Payment in respect of 2008.

However, farmers who decide to set aside lands in 2008 will continue to receive their full set aside entitlements.

The position regarding set aside in respect of subsequent years will be fully considered at EU level as part of the forthcoming CAP Health Check, scheduled for later this year.

3 October 2007

Date Released: 03 October 2007