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IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Michael Fleming has voiced concern about the falling afforestation figures, following the publication of latest Forest Service report that shows area established down 30% on this time last year. He said this is worrying given the importance of forests and afforestation in our national climate change strategy.

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IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Michael Fleming has welcomed the decision of the Ombudsman to return €25,000 to a farmer who was forced by the Forest Service to repay payments received as a result of a section of his plantation being destroyed by flooding.

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IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Michael Fleming has said there is no requirement on the Forest Service to pursue the recoupment of payments from farmers as part of cross-compliance.

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IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Michael Fleming has welcomed the Land Availability for Afforestation report launched today, and called on Minister Tom Hayes to adopt the recommendation to assess land on productive capacity to grow timber as a matter of urgency.

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