The Farm Safety Scheme is putting farmers under pressure, warned ICMSA President John Comer last week.
He said that the short timeframe to complete works is forcing farmers to finish the work in a hurry — in direct contradiction to the objective of the scheme itself, which is to farm safely.
The short timeframe is also driving up costs unnecessarily, said the ICMSA President, who was backing demands from 17 EU members states for the 2007-2013 CAP Rural Development Plan deadline to be extended by six months to June 30, 2016.
Mr Comer said this would extend the time for completion of Farm Safety and Dairy Equipment Scheme from September 2015 to early 2016, and it should be backed by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.
He said 2,400 farmers have yet to complete Dairy Equipment Scheme work, and most will not be able to do so until October, when cows are dried off.
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