11 Jun 2015
AMNESTY FOR FARMERS DEMANDED IF DEPARTMENT DELAY IN APPEALS ON INSPECTIONS GOES BEYOND THREE MONTHSPresident
IFA’s Executive Council has agreed that farmers who for no reason of their own, have not had an appeal on inspections heard within three months, should have their appeal upheld automatically.
IFA President Eddie Downey said it was very unfair to leave a farmer in limbo following an inspection. He said, “The whole inspection process can be a very difficult experience for an individual farmer. In a case where an appeal is lodged, and all information submitted, the Department cannot be allowed to drag their feet and prolong the uncertainty for farmers”.
The IFA Executive Council held a lengthy discussion on the issue and it was agreed that ‘any farmer whose appeal has not been fully dealt with within three months by the Department should be have his or her appeal upheld’.
Eddie Downey said this allows a reasonable length of time for the appeal to be processed and dealt with. “For the sake of farmers who have in the first instance had to endure an inspection, and then lodge an appeal, it is only right and fair that the appeal process does not extend beyond three months. If this length of time does lapse, then any penalties must be void and this must be retrospective for individual farmers who are currently waiting up to two years to have an appeal heard.”