07 Feb 2011
IFA CALL FOR IMMEDIATE RE-OPENING OF AEOS SCHEMERural Development
IFA Rural Development Chairman Tom Turley has called for the immediate opening of the AEOS scheme. Speaking following a meeting with the Department of Agriculture in Dublin today, Mr. Turley said that the commitment given in last year’s December Budget that 10,000 farmers would be allowed into the AEOS must be honoured. It is vital that the scheme is opened up immediately so that farmers have sufficient time in order to assess the merits of the scheme and to maximise payment.
On REPS + AEOS payments due to farmers, Mr. Turley said that it is disappointing that there are still 12,000 farmers who have not received their 2010 REPS 4 payment and none of the 9,000 farmers who have applied for AEOS have received any payment at all.
Mr. Turley said that all payments must now be speeded up as farmers have already incurred costs in complying with the agri-environmental plans.
The IFA Rural Development Chairman said that it is essential that €337m allocated for REPS and AEOS in 2011 is fully spent as these schemes make up a significant part of farm income on those farms in the agri-environment scheme.