293 General principles

293 General principles

Tir Gofal was a voluntary scheme in the same way as the Countryside Stewardship Scheme is in England1. It was open to farmers, whether as freehold owners or as tenants2. Tir Gofal adopted a whole-farm approach so that the farmer had to enter all the land he managed within his farm business. Payments under the scheme are then split into two separate headings. The farmer is entitled to a basic payment calculated at a standard rate per hectare in respect of all of the land entered. On top of that he could agree