What is Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS) Equipment Scheme
The Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS) Equipment Scheme provides financial aid to farmers to help them buy new slurry-spreading equipment which improves environmental performance.
How to qualify
You can apply if you have declared a minimum of 5 hectares of “eligible land” in the Basic Payment Scheme
in the year of application or the preceding year. The scheme is also open to farmers who breed, rear or fatten pigs and have a minimum of 60 production units at the time of application.
In the case of a co-operative, all the members of the co-operative have to each independently meet the scheme’s criteria.
Specific types of equipment are eligible for the scheme including:
mobile slurry tank with trailing shoe
dribble bar or band spreader
mobile slurry tank with shallow injection system
slurry umbilical system
You must meet the scheme’s requirements on training and tax clearance. The funding for the scheme is limited and all applications are subject to selection criteria, such as age and costings. See the conditions of the scheme and selection criteria marking sheet at the bottom of this page.
Rate of payment
Grant-aid is paid at a rate of 40%. The maximum amount of investment eligible for grant-aid is €40,000 per holding. However, in the case of a joint application by two or more eligible partners under a registered partnership, the maximum increases to €60,000. The investment ceiling under this scheme is NOT subject to the overall TAMS II investment ceiling of €80,000 per holding.
Multiple applications per tranche are allowed however the minimum amount of investment eligible for approval under this scheme is €5,000 per application.
Applications must be submitted online through agfood.ie
. If your login or password are expired and need to be renewed please contact the Department’s helpdesk at 076 1064424.