Farmers will get supports similar to small businesses to help them cope with energy costs this winter. The measure will compensate farmers based on energy usage and will be part of the business energy support scheme.
As with other businesses, it will be subject to a €10,000 monthly cap for each farmer. Farmers will be able to claim up to 40 per cent of the increase in their energy bills as long as those bills have jumped by more than 50 per cent over the past year.
It will run between this month to at least February and will be paid on the basis of how energy prices over that period compare between this year and last. It will be implemented by the Revenue Commissioners.
Dairy farmers have been especially affected by steep rises in the cost of electricity as milking parlours are particularly energy-intensive.
IFA president Tim Cullinan said he was pleased the Government had acknowledged…