31 / 03 / 2020
IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan today (Tuesday) welcomed the increase in the Calf Investment Scheme budget from €1.5m to €4m, as this should allow for all eligible applications to be grant aided to the full 40% promised in the scheme.
The scheme is crucial to farmers who in many cases this spring have needed to hold on to calves a little longer on farms.
Mr Phelan reminded farmers that the date by which claims for the CIS grant must be returned to the Department of Agriculture is 30th June next.
31 / 03 / 2020
He said it was important that the marts could facilitate trade to guarantee payment, assemble calves for export and utilise their weighing facilities for cattle and sheep sales.
He said IFA has been working with the marts and the Department of Agriculture to get the essential trade in livestock moving again while complying with the Government and HSE COVID-19 guidelines and which do not require people to assemble.
He also said it was important that all eligible applicants could be funded under the calf investment scheme.
However, he said that the beef market was now in turmoil and that significant measures were required at EU and national level to support beef farmers.
“The Minister and Government now have a lot more flexibility as the EU Commission have increased state aid limits. While there a lot of other calls for funding, farmers cannot be forgotten and they need help now,” he said.