Farmers will have to cut emissions by more than 22%, according to the Minister for the Environment.
Final negotiations on the climate action plan are ongoing with the agriculture sector having to cut emissions by somewhere between 22 and 30%.
Some Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs have said farmers should only have to cut emissions by the minimum level allowed.
That's despite a new EPA report today showing Ireland's overall carbon emissions increased by 5% last year.
Minister Eamon Ryan says final negotiations with the Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue will conclude shortly:
"There's a real opportunity to open up a whole range of public private capital which will go into paying for young farmers to manage and tender land. That's what myself and Charlie have been discussing is working out, how feasible is that? How could we do it? How can we go further? We will have to go further than 22%. I'm not going to go discussion to kind of figures here today."