12 Sep 2017
FARMER REPRESENTATION AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF REVIEW OF AGRICULTURAL APPEALS OFFICEFarm Schemes, Rural Development
IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has welcomed the announcement of a review of the Agricultural Appeals Office.
He said the review must be meaningful and the outcome will have to comprise an independent Chair and farmer representation on the appeals body.
Richard Kennedy said farmers expect the new appeals body to be independent. “The body should also deal with issues that arise from inspections so that farmers are treated fairly and are given every opportunity to address issues that arise on their farms. This must involve an extension of the yellow card system introduced by EU Commissioner Phil Hogan”, he said.