A 30ha farmer with a €300/ha entitlement value in 2019 will see his or her basic payment fall from a total of €9,000 in 2019 to €8,278 in 2026, according to calculations by the IFA.
The calculation includes convergence of 85%, and a CRISS or frontloading payment of €43/ha, as well as a flat-rate eco-scheme payment of €64/ha. Based on decisions announced by Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue last week, the IFA has assumed that 25% of all Pillar I payments will go to eco schemes and 100% farmer participation.
The organisation has produced a ready reckoner for farmers to calculate their 2026 payments.
Farmers on higher entitlement values per hectare and higher acreages will be worst affected by the CAP changes.
For example, a 100ha farmer on a 2019 entitlement value of €400/ha will see their total Pillar I payment fall from €40,000 to €27,375. That is a drop of over 30% in their Pillar I payment.
Farmers on lower entitlement values and lower acreages will benefit.
For example, a 100ha farmer on a 2019 entitlement value of €160/ha will see their total Pillar I payment increase from €16,000 to €21,256. That’s an increase of almost 33%.
A 20ha farmer holding the same entitlement value of €160/ha will see their total Pillar I payment increase from €3,200 to €4,853. That’s an increase of almost 52%.