Relief for farmers as AEOS deadline extended – Ó Domhnaill

The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has extended the deadline for applications to the Agri-Environment Options Scheme 3 (AEOS) for another week.  It follows pressure led by Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill for an extension to allow the maximum number of eligible farmers to apply for the scheme.

 

According to Senator Ó Domhnaill, “It will come as a relief to many farmers that Minister Coveney has finally caved to pressure on this matter and agreed to extend the AEOS deadline to December 7th.”

 

The Oireachtas Agriculture Committee last month unanimously supported a motion put forward by Senator Ó Domhnaill calling for the AEOS application deadline to be extended by a month.

 

“Although this is a much shorter extension than I campaigned for, it will at least provide some reprieve to farmers in Donegal and across the country who have not had enough time to apply for the scheme,” the Donegal Senator said.

 

“Minister Coveney created much distress and confusion over his intentions in relation to a new AEOS this year.  After eventually announcing that the AEOS would be re-opened, it became clear that it would be significantly cut.   Minister Coveney reduced the maximum payment to €4,000 and cut the number of places to 6,000.  He also only provided 28 days for applications to the scheme, leaving farmers very little time to consult with Agriculture Advisors and prepare their applications.

 

“Given all of this confusion, it was only right that the Minister extended the deadline. I am encouraging all farmers who are applying to the scheme to get their applications in order in the coming days and ensure they are submitted to the Department by Friday of next week, December 7th.”

 

ENDS

Posted: Nov 28, 2012     |     Categories: Uncategorized