Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Brian Ó Domhnaill said Donegal farmers will be badly hit by the €70 million cut in funding for Irish agriculture next year.
The Donegal Senator said the €37 million cut in the REPs and AEOS, along with a cut of at least €32 million in Single Farm Payments, effectively means €70 million is being taken from Irish farmers in 2014. Senator Ó Domhnaill has also criticised the government’s failure to reverse previous cuts to the Farm Assist in next year’s budget.
“Unfortunately yet again, farmers in Donegal will see more money taken from their pockets next year. In addition to the cuts in Single Farm Payments, which the Taoiseach agreed with Europe, the domestic budget for farming has also been cut. And it once again it will have a disproportionate effect on farmers in Donegal,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.
“Effectively, €70 million is being taken from Irish farmers next year. This includes cuts to REPs, AEOS and the Single Farm Payment. On top of that, Fine Gael and Labour have failed to reverse cuts to the Farm Assist Scheme, which is a major support for farmers in Donegal and across the North West. 1,554 farmers in Donegal alone depend on this scheme to survive and previous cuts to payments have added to the financial pressure on many of these farmers.
“The only relief provided to some farmers in this Budget is the news that following pressure from farming organisations and opposition parties, the government has finally agreed to a new genomics scheme for suckler cows, which will benefit Donegal farmers with suckler herds. This new scheme will be the equivalent to an average payment of €287 per farmer per annum.
“I am now calling on Minister Simon Coveney to ensure that every support is given to these farmers so that they can avail of the new scheme. Having spoken to a number of Donegal farmers in recent days, many have no experience dealing with genomics and will need help to get started. The Minister must guarantee that they are supported in availing of the new scheme.”
Posted: Oct 17, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized