The progress made in relation to the Rural Development Plan (RDP) has been welcomed by farming organisations.
IFA President Eddie Downey also called for the full allocation of funding provided for in the RDP 2014-2020 to be secured, with payments forthcoming in 2015.
“The priority for the Minister must be to ensure that vital schemes such as GLAS, ANCs and TAMS are implemented in a flexible way and that farmers are allowed to draw down fully the EU and national funding allocated over the next six years up to 2020.
“These schemes play a vital role in supporting farm income and applications must be available to farmers at the earliest possible date later this year.”
Commenting on the changes to the Plan, the IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy said that it was important that the Natura payments in the GLAS scheme fully reflected the restrictions that were being imposed on farmers in designated areas.