Nearly 1,000 young farmers in Co Cork have applied to the Young Farmers’ Scheme this year, with the next highest applications from Galway (771) and Mayo (734).
The scheme was introduced in the reformed Common Agricultural Policy in 2015, to support young farmers.
Scheme benefits include a payment of about €66 per entitlement held by the young farmer, or 25% of the national average payment per hectare.
Young farmers will get this payment for up to five years from setting up the farm holding in their own name. The payment is made on a maximum of 50 entitlements.
Along with 981 in Cork, applications in the 2016 scheme numbered 377 in Clare, 524 in Kerry, 338 in Limerick, 455 in Tipperary, and 243 in Waterford.
There were 144 applications in Carlow; 372 in Cavan; 407 in Donegal; 42 in Dublin; 140 in Kildare, 282 in Kilkenny; 277 in Laois; 245 in Leitrim; 157 in Longford; 92 in Louth; 278 in Meath; 238 in Monaghan; 258 in Offaly; 358 in Roscommon; 212 in Sligo; 186 in Westmeath; 327 in Wexford; and 170 in Wicklow.
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