Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Brian Ó Domhnaill has called on the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to withdraw his proposals to increase the Stocking Density required for qualification under the Disadvantage Area Scheme 2012, in view of the recent very poor weather.
Ó Domhnaill said; “It does not make sense to force farmers to take extra stock on the land, which in many cases is now very wet, in a year where there is a shortage of fodder.
“I am calling on the Minister Coveney to drop his proposal to increase the Stocking Density under the Disadvantage Area Scheme (DAS) and to revert to the same Stocking Density as applied last year. The European Union has not approved this proposal and simplest thing at this time would be for the Minister to withdraw it.”
“Farmers need every support they can get at this time and the introduction of a retrospective condition in relation to the Stocking Density under the Disadvantage Area Scheme this year was a mistake from the outset. Now this mistake has been exacerbated by the very poor weather.”; Concluded Ó Domhnaill
Posted: Jul 26, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized