07 Oct 2016
COMMITMENT TO FORGOTTEN FARMERS MUST BE HONOURED IN NEXT WEEK’S BUDGETFarm Schemes, Rural Development
IFA President Joe Healy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to make a case in the Budget negotiations for a top up payment from national resources in the forthcoming Budget for farmers who missed out due to not meeting the criteria to qualify under the National Reserve or Young Farmer scheme.
Joe Healy said these farmers are been disadvantaged despite the fact that they are active and productive farmers.
IFA has clearly stated that farmers will not accept any more reductions from their payments and any additional monies must be found from national resources. “The commitment in the Programme for Government to help the so called forgotten farmers must be honoured and next week’s Budget is the ideal time for this to happen.”