IFA President Tim Cullinan said confirmation that lands classified as Category 1 land under the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) will now be eligible for the Fodder Support Scheme is a necessary development.
“These lands should never have been excluded. The Minister must move immediately to publish the revised Terms and Conditions,” he said.
“This is the right thing to do. Excluding Category 1 ANC lands from the terms and conditions was a spectacular own goal by the Minister,” he said.
IFA National Hill Farming Committee Chairman Cailín Conneely said we have yet to see the full details on how the scheme will be amended but IFA’s understanding is all Category 1 land under ANC will now be eligible to be applied on if the farmer meets the other terms and conditions,” he said.