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Basic Income Support Sustainability

Income support to Irish farmers to underpin their continued sustainability and viability

The Basic Income Support for Sustainability (BISS) program. It's a financial aid scheme designed to support farmers by providing direct income support, helping them make a living and remain viable in the agricultural sector. The program encourages environmentally friendly farming practices that ensure long-term sustainability. Essentially, BISS offers a safety net for farmers while pushing them towards sustainable practices.


Who is it for?

  • Must be an "Active Farmer": This means you must be the person directly involved in managing and working the land, not just the owner. Activities like meeting minimum stocking rates, growing crops, or maintaining landscapes qualify 
  • You need to have at least one eligible hectare of land to participate. The program uses land imagery to calculate eligible hectares automatically
  • BISS requires a registered herd number, which signifies involvement in animal production

What do you get?

Financial support paid per hectare of eligible land farmed and based on entitlements held. Under the scheme, this is called an eligible hectare. The maximum rate that could be paid per hectare is determined by the value of the entitlements held.

What can it be used for?

The BISS is designed to provide a direct income support to Irish farmers to underpin their continued sustainability and viability.

Get in touch

If this sounds like the right support for your business, call our dedicated hub for more details on how to apply.

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