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IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has said that the proposed changes to various aspects of the EU Rural Development regulations announced by Commissioner Hogan this week must be seized upon by Minster Coveney to ensure that the RDP can be fully maximised in the seven-year period of the plan.

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With farm incomes under severe pressure this year, IFA President Eddie Downey has said it was never more important that the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and his Department deliver direct payments on time, within the deadlines dates recently agreed in the new Charter of Farmers’ Rights.

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Launching IFA’s pre-budget submission INVESTING IN AGRICULTURE TO DRIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH in Dublin today (Wed), IFA President Eddie Downey said achieving a balanced economic recovery across the country must be a key Government objective in this October’s budget.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman, Flor McCarthy has urged the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney to get an extension of the completion date for TAMS I investments, as many farmers are finding it difficult to finish their work by the end of August.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to give a definite date for the re-opening of GLAS in the autumn to give farmers ample opportunity to join the scheme. This follows confirmation that 27,000 joined GLAS before the end of May closure. IFA is insisting that all of those farmers are accepted into the scheme.

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