Local TD Denis Naughten is calling on the Agriculture Minister to ensure that Roscommon farmers have the opportunity to apply under the upcoming GLAS environmental scheme.
“As the scheme is currently structured it will be difficult for farmers who don’t have SAC designated lands to access the scheme, and this would exclude thousands of farmers throughout County Roscommon,” explained Denis Naughten.
Deputy Naughten made his comments following a meeting with a deputation from County Roscommon IFA in Dublin this week.
“Not only will this have a direct impact on up to 3,000 local farmers who were planning to join the scheme but also on many local businesses who rely on the agriculture sector to remain financially viable,” he stated.
“Minister Coveney must ensure that the GLAS eligibility rules allow farmers in County Roscommon to apply under Tier II of the scheme and this can be achieved through the proposed rules on water vulnerability.
“REPS has been a valuable scheme in the past to support the viability of many family farms throughout County Roscommon. It is therefore imperative that its successor, GLAS, is available to the majority of local farmers,” concluded Denis Naughten.