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Agri-Environment Training Scheme (AETS)

May 10, 2022 | Biodiversity News

Agri-Environment Training Scheme

The Agri-Environment Training Scheme (AETS) is a voluntary training scheme which is open to all current Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applicants.

The Scheme is part of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2022 and is available during the transitional period in advance of the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP 2023 – 2027); it will ensure farmers are informed and better placed to participate in the range of environmental schemes which will be in place in 2023.

The objectives of the Scheme are to:

  • train farmers in environmental practices and standards;
  • encourage and help them take part in future agri-environment schemes, and
  • promote awareness of the importance of farm safety.

Key Topics Covered under AETS are:

  • Climate and Biodiversity;
  • Water Quality;
  • Result based measures, and
  • Farm Safety

Key Points:

  • All training courses must be completed by August 31st
  • A maximum of 25 participants are allowed to attend each training course.
  • The amount payable to a farmer who satisfactorily attends an AETS course is €156.
  • Each participant must agree to the Terms & Conditions of the AETS and complete a questionnaire prior to being added to a course, failure to complete a questionnaire will result in no payment to the attendee or the trainer.

Further Information here.


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