Farmers are set to benefit from specific budgetary measures to be announced by the Minister for Agriculture.

Farmers will be entitled to support under the Government's Energy Support scheme available to all businesses.

Details are yet to be confirmed but dairy, poultry and pig farmers all use a substantial amount of electricity.

There will also be capital made available to support the development of Anaerobic Digestion on farms. AD systems produce gas and heat and organic fertiliser from organic material.

A new scheme aimed at improving emissions efficiency of suckler cows is also planned, whereby farmers will be paid for data collection on cattle and calves.

This will replace an existing scheme known as the Beef Environmental Efficiency Programme -Sucklers or BEEP-S. That had available funding of €28m and the new scheme will have a similar amount.

Funding will also be provided in the budget to ensure 30,000 farmers can take part next year in the new Agri Climate Rural Environmental scheme or ACRES. This will be a key part of the CAP that comes into force in January.

A new Fodder Support Scheme that will pay farmers up to €1,000 to save hay and silage will also be part of the agri-budget. This is a roll-over of this year's fodder scheme, introduced by Minister Charlie McConalogue in the weeks after the war in Ukraine began.

The Tillage Incentive Scheme that provides payments to farmers who turn grassland into arable land is also being rolled over, but that was announced last week at the National Ploughing Championships.

The Budget will also bring extra funding for farm modernisation through various schemes including, TAMS - the Targeted Agriculture Modernisation Scheme.

There will be money available to encourage farmers to develop Multi Speices Swards by planting grass lands with a variety of nitrogen fixing plants.

€8m in funding will also be available to encourage the spreading of lime on pastures that encourage the release of nitrogen, vital for plant health and growth.

These latter two measures will help reduce the need for spreading artificial fertiliser, which has become scarce and very expensive.