Fergal Byrne, ICSA Organics chair has said excluding Organics Scheme farmers from participating the pilot REAP scheme is a step in the wrong direction
ICSA Organics chair Fergal Byrne has said excluding Organics Scheme farmers from participating the pilot REAP scheme is a step in the wrong direction.
“We cannot continue to send out a message that those doing most for the environment will be at a disadvantage when it comes to allocating environmental supports,” he said.
“This is something that will absolutely have to be addressed in the design of the flagship agri-environment scheme in the new CAP.
Organic farmers must be able to reap as much of a reward from these schemes as conventional farmers if we are serious about encouraging farmers to switch to organic methods and playing our part in the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy.”
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