Denis Naughten TD has welcomed the allocation of the young farmers top up on the Basic Payment Scheme to thousands of farmers throughout the country but stated that he was disappointed that 1 in 6 farmers, those who established before 2008, have been ignored.
Denis Naughten TD has called on the Government to provide financial assistance to farmers who have lost fodder as a result of the recent flooding. He has also requested that a grant scheme for homes and communities outside the main towns also be put in place.
The delay in issuing 36,219 farm payments at an estimated value of €135.26m has is “placing undue financial hardship on families”, according to Denis Naughten TD.
Denis Naughten has called on the Minister for Agriculture to immediately release compensation which has been due to farmers for up to 21 months under the BVD eradication policy.
Close to 10 farmers a day are withdrawing from the Beef Data & Genomics Programme, which clearly shows there is a need for the Agriculture Minister to clarify aspects of the new suckler cow scheme, states Denis Naughten TD.
Denis Naughten TD has described a decision by the Department of Agriculture not to support an all-party recommendation to resolve the issue of young farmers with low or no single farm payment entitlements – known as ‘forgotten farmers’ – as “disappointing”.
Chaos has been caused with a backlog of 3,500 herd number applications pending within the Department of Agriculture claims Denis Naughten TD.
“Because services previously available through the local Department of Agriculture offices,
such as the issuing of herd numbers, have now been centralised, an unacceptable backlog has been created”.
Local TD Denis Naughten has asked the Agriculture Minister to clarify aspects of the new suckler cow scheme to ensure as many farmers as possible sign up…
Denis Naughten TD has revealed that up to one in five farmers under the age of 40 fall into the category of a ‘forgotten farmer’ with low or no single farm payment entitlements…
Eighteen years after the signing into law of the EU Habitats Directive on the restriction of turf cutting on SAC designated bogs, a succession of Governments have failed to deliver on the relocation of turfcutters, stated Denis Naughten TD. “Since the introduction of bog designations, there has been a complete failure to deliver on a fundamental plank of this law, …