Department to hold information meetings for commonage farmers

Details have been announced of planned information meetings for commonage farmers to be hosted by the Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said he believes a lot of progress has been made and the meetings will help to reassure commonage farmers and provide the clarity they have been seeking.

The purpose of the meetings is to provide information on future requirements under the Basic Payment Scheme under Pillar I and the GLAS scheme under Pillar II of the CAP.

Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, Co Mayo, and Kenmare Bay Hotel, Kenmare, Co Kerry, are the venues for the first two meetings on September 30.

Peacocke’s Hotel at Maam Cross, Co Galway, will be the location for the third meeting on October 1 and the two remaining meetings will be held on October 2 at Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Ardara, Co Donegal, and Glendalough Hotel, Glendalough, Co Wicklow.

IFA Hill Committee chairman Pat Dunne welcomed the minister’s statement but called for additional meetings to be held, particularly in the Cooley, Comeragh, and Knockmealdown areas and the north west.

“It is essential that every effort is made by the department to address farmers concerns and hold additional meetings where required,” said Mr Dunne.

Mr Dunne urged farmers to attend the meetings and get information on the new commonage rules and the GLAS scheme. He restated his call on Mr Coveney to get the GLAS scheme up and running as soon as possible.

“No barriers must be put in the way of the effective implementation of GLAS and early approval from the EU Commission is now urgently required,” he said.

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