Disadvantaged Areas Scheme derogation extended

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has extended the closing date for receipt of derogation applications in the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.

Announcing a one-week extension to Friday, Aug 31, he said the original closing date of Aug 24 posed some difficulties for applicants.

New terms and conditions in 2012 require applicants to have achieved a stocking density during 2011 of at least 0.3 livestock units per forage hectare.

Anyone who failed to achieve this stocking density can apply for a derogation.

Derogations can be granted for lower stocking density due to adherence to an agri-environment or similar type of plan; due to poor land productivity and farming constraints; taking over a farm immediately before or during 2011, where the previous owner died; due to livestock disease that affects a large number of animals in one place at one time; due to being new entrants; or due to any other particular circumstances, such as being occupationally incapacitated as a result of an illness and/or hospitalisation.

Large numbers of applications for derogations have already been received.


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