Support needed for farming sector now

Bernard Casey, Regional Development Officer Adrian Leddy, Chairman Andrew McHugh and Business Development Manager at Ulster Bank, Stephen McDermott. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
IFA held a meeting in Longford last week to discuss finance and farm subsidies in the aftermath of last month’s budget.

IFA held a meeting in Longford last week to discuss finance and farm subsidies in the aftermath of last month’s budget.

While there is some light at the end of the tunnel, access to money and the absence of a suitable environmental scheme in 2014 still brought plenty of concerns to last week’s meeting.

“There was plenty of discussion around the new suckler scheme which is available to all farmers who were in the previous scheme,” added Longford IFA Co Ex Chairman, Andrew McHugh. “There was plenty of discussion about 2014 and the closure of REPS come December. There are a number of farmers who will be adversely affected by the closure of the scheme - some will be down between €6,000 and €8,000.” IFA has also commenced a lobbying campaign of TDs over the coming weeks in an effort to highlight the importance of domestic co-funding in the Pillar 2 Rural Development Programme (RDP). A major rally of local farmers takes place at the Park Hotel, Mullingar on Tuesday November 19 next at 5pm.