All farmers who applied to participate in the Organic Farming Scheme (OFS) for 2023 are expected to receive letters in the coming weeks to confirm that they have been accepted into the scheme.

The Organic Farming Scheme provides financial support to farmers to encourage production of organic foods.

Organics chair of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA), Fergal Byrne has welcomed the inclusion of all applicants to the scheme.

He said: “ICSA understands that some 2,134 applications were submitted by the 9 December, 2022 deadline and that all of those farmers are set to be accepted.

“Notifications of acceptance into the scheme are scheduled to be sent out over the next four to six weeks.”

Byrne was speaking following today’s (Friday, January 27) meeting of the Organics Strategy Forum held in Backweston, Co. Kildare.

Byrne said farmers will…