ICSA seeks fair deal for excluded young farmers

The ICSA has called upon the Government to rectify the exclusion of 3,900 young farmers from support under the National Reserve.

ICSA president Patrick Kent wants Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to revisit the issue of young farmers who do not qualify for the allocation due to their date starting farming.

This group, commonly referred to as the Forgotten Farmers, were left out of the official allocation for young farmers and the National Reserve fund.

“This is a matter of rectifying an injustice,” said Mr Kent. 

“The case for helping young farmers who started in the past five years is not in question. However, young farmers who are farming longer but who were not up and running in 2002, have been left out in the cold.”

Mr Kent says the maximum cost would be an allocation of €12m. However, he said in practice a much lower sum would probably suffice as some farmers will not be eligible due to other criteria, and some will have already some level of entitlements which require to be topped up.

A delegation to the joint Oireachtas committee on agriculture included ICSA member Kenneth O’Brien, founder of the Forgotten Farmers group.


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