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Farm Minister Pressured into Sheep Industry Commitments

29 September 2015

IRELAND – Sheep industry chiefs laid out priority policy moves for the sector to agriculture ministry Simon Coveney in an impromptu meeting at a ploughing match on Friday.

According to the Irish Farmers’ Association, Minister Coveney commited to an early meeting with the IFA on the sheep sector, acknowledging its importance to the wider economy.

John Lynskey outlined the importance of allowing sheep farmers with another enterprise to draw down a full payment under the Knowledge Transfer (KT) scheme. He said the Minister recognised the entitlement of sheep farmers with dual enterprises to a KT payment.

On TAMS (targeted agricultural modernisation scheme), John Lynskey told the Minister he must reinstate grant aid for sheep fencing in the new scheme.

The IFA Sheep farmers’ leader also outlined the importance of increased supports for the sheep sector in the forthcoming Budget. He said increased supports are essential to maintain the national ewe flock, which is under pressure.

 

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