Naughten get commitment on farm tax changes

In Agriculture, Roscommon-South Leitrim by Denis Naughten

Local TD, Denis Naughten has welcomed changes to the farm tax proposals announced in the recent budget which ensures that young farmers can avail of a number of land access tax reliefs.

“Under the original proposals announced in the budget part time farmers were excluded from availing of long term farm leases & land transfers. The exclusion of this group would disproportionally affect farming in the West of Ireland” said Denis Naughten.

16 months into AEOS3 farmers still waiting for 1st full payment – Naughten

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

The fact that farmers are still waiting to receive a 25% of their AEOS 3 payment for 2013 has been described as “unacceptable” by local TD Denis Naughten.  A total of 6,000 farmers were approved into the AEOS 3 environmental scheme with a contract commencement date of 1 May 2013. However, due to delays with red tape it took until …

Brakes must be put on sheep decline

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

Minister must protect €18m sheep fund or face further Hacketstown-type closures Denis Naughten TD has called on the Minister for Agriculture to take action to support the sheep sector which he claimed is showing further worrying signs of decline. While sheep numbers stabilised between 2010 and 2012, numbers declined last year by 3.1% and this also corresponded with an increase …

Unacceptable that 4,399 local farmers face payment delays – Naughten

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

Press release Tuesday 19th November 2013 The revelation by the Department of Agriculture that over 4,300 farmers in Roscommon, Leitrim and Galway are still awaiting payments from the Department of Agriculture is “completely unacceptable”, according to local TD Denis Naughten “In reality it means that approximately 645 farmers in County Leitrim, 1,210 in Co. Roscommon and 2,476 in County Galway are …

Naughten to question Agriculture Minister on local office closure

In Agriculture, Mid-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten will again question Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney on the planned closure of the public desk at the Department of Agriculture offices in Roscommon Town. “This decision will have a detrimental effect on farmers throughout the region who are not computer literate and will now have to try to deal with sometimes very complex issues over the …

Call for redeployment of Agriculture staff to fuel laundering crackdown – Naughten

In Agriculture, Roscommon-South Leitrim by Denis Naughten

Transfer of Special Investigations Unit staff from Agriculture to Revenue could save €42.5m Denis Naughten TD has called on the Minister for Finance to secure the transfer of staff from the Department of Agriculture’s Special Investigations Unit to Customs & Excise to deal with the spiralling cost of fuel laundering. “Not only is fuel laundering forcing legitimate employers out of …

Naughten seeks place on Agriculture Committee

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has confirmed that he is seeking to be appointed to the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture. A motion will be placed before the Dáil today (Wednesday) calling for additional places to be added to certain Oireachtas committees, including the Agriculture Committee. Outlining his reasons for seeking a return to the Committee on which he was previously a …

400% variation in local farm penalties highlights need for overhaul

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

Cllr. Laurence Fallon and Denis Naughten TD are calling for an urgent overhaul of the Department of Agriculture’s farm inspection regime following the disclosure that there is up to 400% variation in penalties to farmers in County Roscommon when compared to County Kerry. Figures revealed in data obtained from the Department of Agriculture also reveal that there is a 43% …

780% variation in farm penalties highlights need for overhaul – Naughten

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

    Variations of up to 780% in penalty rates for farm inspections across the country highlight the urgent need to overhaul the whole system, claims Denis Naughten TD. Figures revealed in data obtained from the Department of Agriculture reveal that there is a 43% variation throughout the country in the penalty rate for nitrate inspections, a 41% variation on …

Live shippers waiting months for on feedback on vessels – Naughten

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

Live shippers waiting months on for feedback on vessels– Naughten Delays putting further fodder & financial pressure on farmers 1st June 2013 Denis Naughten TD has been informed by the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD that there are applications for the transport of live cattle by ship with his Department for up to 3 months at the “documentation review …