Longford Leader Farming: Excluding Organic farmers from REAP sends the wrong message

Farmers detail roadmap to easier and more enjoyable farming

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.”

More News

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.