02 May 2012
MINISTER COVENEY’S FAILURE TO PUT AEOS 3 SCHEME IN PLACE WILL HURT FARM INCOMESRural Development
IFA President John Bryan has said the Minister for Agriculture’s decision to delay implementation of AEOS 3, and his failure to commit to a meaningful scheme, will impact severely on farm incomes on vulnerable farmers dependent on an agri-environment scheme.
John Bryan said that he was seriously concerned about the lack of commitment shown by the Minister to low-income farmers who have suffered over the last 4 years from cuts in successive Budgets to vital schemes. “Direct payments form a major part of farm income, particularly in the Disadvantaged Areas. The most recent Budget cuts plus the failure to commit to an AEOS 3 will reduce farm incomes on farms where they are already low.”
The IFA President called on Minister Coveney to commit to a meaningful AEOS 3 now so that farmers can plan their application to an agri-environment plan. Low income farmers are now demanding positive action from the Minister on an AEOS 3.