IFA Deputy President Tim O’Leary has expressed concern that the Department of Agriculture has changed the rules governing the educational requirements for the Young Farmer Top Up payment and the National Reserve.
In the CAP information meetings and documentation, it was clearly pointed out that young farmers who did not have the required agricultural education qualifications would qualify for additional payments if they commenced a FETAC Level 6 agricultural course on or before 30th September 2016.
“Changing the date now is a problem for many young farmers and it is important that flexibility is shown that will accommodate young farmers who participate in some minimum level of educational course before the end of the year.
“It is now important that the Department of Agriculture writes to all applicants for young farmer measures to advise them of this change so that alternative and flexible arrangements can be put in place and to ensure that no young farmer loses out.”
Tim O’Leary said it is important that as many young farmers as possible can avail of the various CAP supports and that there are no impediments put in their way. This is also relevant to young farmers who will be applying for the TAMS Young Farmer Scheme.