01 Dec 2011
FARM FAMILIES EXPECT MINISTER COVENEY TO DELIVER IN BUDGET 2012Uncategorized
Following the most intensive pre-Budget campaign in recent years by thousands of farmers around the country, IFA President John Bryan said farm families expect the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to deliver in next week’s Budget. He said the Budget must recognise the important role of farm schemes in driving production and economic activity in the rural economy.
John Bryan said, “It would be counterproductive for the Government to cut farm schemes, given the strong export performance of the agri-food sector this year. As it finalises Budget 2012, Minister Coveney and the Government must prioritise funding for the sectors that are expanding. Agriculture requires Government investment through funding for farm schemes, which are a critical support for farm income and production.”
Mr Bryan said, “Farm households will be hit by increases in charges and taxes that have been flagged ahead of next week’s Budget. Any cut in farm schemes, which are a central part of income, would be a double whammy for households that are already under severe pressure.”
He continued, “Farm schemes and investment programmes, including REPS/AEOS, the Suckler Cow Scheme Disadvantaged Areas, Forestry and TAMS, are vital in underpinning agricultural production and maintaining farm viability. The AEOS scheme must be reopened for farmers leaving REPS 3.”