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Deadline extension will ease pressure

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Michael Burke and Eamon McDonagh, Moycullen, carrying out running repairs at the County Galway Ploughing Championships in Ahascragh. Photo: Gerry Stronge.

A MID-JUNE extended deadline for the receipt of Basic Payment Scheme and GLAS applications will go a long way towards freeing-up the logjam faced by planners and farmers, according to farming and planners representatives.

Last week, Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, said that he warmly welcomed the announcement from Ag. Commissioner, Phil Hogan, that he was considering extending the submission deadldine following requests from member states.

Minister Coveney said  that an additional period would take some of the pressure off farmers who are coming to grips with the extensive changes in the CAP.  “We have asked for early clarification of the new application deadlines and that this extension should apply to Pillar I and to Pillar II schemes,” said Minister Coveney.

Connacht IFA Regional Chairman, Tom Turley, said that an extension to a mid-June date for the schemes would make a huge difference to farmers and planners.

He said that with many planners facing ongoing difficulty with the Department’s online service, the need was all the more acute for the extension of the deadline date.

“With the change to the Basic Payments Scheme and the later introduction of GLAS, farmers and planners were facing into impossible deadlines.

“A meaningful date extension into mid-June will help greatly to relieve that pressure. It is just the sensible thing to do – the same things applies to other EU member states,” said Tom Turley.

Leading Agri-Consultant, Vincent Costello from New Inn, told the Farming Tribune that while they hadn’t yet received specific information on the extension dates, it would be a very welcome development for all concerned.

“Realistically with GLAS coming on stream as well as the new Basic Payments Scheme, the timeline was just far too tight for both planners and farmers. We are also hoping for a lengthy extension of the Commonage Management Plans deadline that currently stands at July 3, 2015,” said Vincent Costello.

IFA President, Eddie Downey, said that the closing date extension for the 2015 EU Basic Payment application would provide the necessary breathing space for farmers and advisors, ‘but it cannot result in any delay in payments later in the year’.

“There is still a lot confusion in relation to the implementation of the new CAP rules for 2015 and farmers must be given adequate time to take the necessary steps to maximise their payments.

“Farmers and planners should continue to push hard in order to get the maximum number of area aid applications in as early as possible as this will facilitate early processing and payment,” said Eddie Downey.

 

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Locals thanked for demo backing

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Anne Mitchell: Great local support.

GALWAY IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, has thanked the people of Athenry and surrounding areas for their support during Friday’s Action Day protest.

She told the Farming Tribune that the demonstration was planned to cause ‘absolute minimal disruption’ to the people, schools and businesses of the town as well as being conscious of Covid restrictions.

“We really didn’t want anyone on the streets because of the Covid situation and we also advised that where there was more than one person in a vehicle, and not from the same household, that they would wear masks,” said Anne Mitchell.

She said that they were also acutely aware of the fact that the Leaving Cert examinations were going on in schools around the town which dictated their decision to stage the protest between 11am and 12 noon.

However, one concerned parent who contacted this newspaper, said that the honking of horns could be heard by those who were doing their Leaving Cert geography exam on Friday.

“While I do understand the reasons behind the protest, I just think that the honking of horns should have been left out it, while an exam was in progress,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Athenry’s action day a wake-up call for the West

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The tractorcade is ready to roll in Athenry on Friday in the IFA protest over farm viability and the Climate Action Bill.

AN estimated ‘200 plus’ tractors, cars and jeeps took part in Friday’s IFA ‘Action Day’ protest in Athenry aimed at highlighting major problems coming down the track with the ‘new CAP’ and the Climate Action Bill.

Connacht IFA Chairperson, Pat Murphy, said that they were delighted with the turnout and also with the positive reception they received from the people of Athenry.

“If farming and agriculture go to the wall in rural Ireland it will sound the death-knell for our provincial and villages too.

“We really do need our politicians to wake up to the fact that decisions made over the coming weeks or months could decide the future of rural Ireland as we know it,” said Pat Murphy.

He said that an agenda being driven by the Green Party to drastically reduce the numbers of suckler cows, dairy cows and cattle across Ireland would have a catastrophic impact on Irish agriculture, unless amendments were made to the Climate Action Bill.

“If Irish farmers are prevented in producing the food that’s accepted as being probably the most environmentally friendly and traceable product across the world, then that gap will be filled by countries like Brazil where rain forests are being cut down every single day of the year,” said Pat Murphy.

He also said that the negotiations on CAP coming up at the end of this month would also have huge implications for farming and especially so in the West of Ireland where farms were so dependent on direct payments.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Minister outlines ‘tough road ahead’

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Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue

A CRITICAL part of the eventual CAP deal for farmers will rest with the flexibility of the Irish Government to make its own decisions on where the money will be allocated, Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, told the Farming Tribune last week.

During a whistle-stop tour of a number of agri-related projects in Galway last Thursday, Minister McConalogue said that as things stood, the major stumbling block to an agreement was the European Parliament.

“There are really two aspects of this deal which will be of vital importance to Irish farmers over the coming years – the flexibility to make our own decisions and the percentage of the funding to be spent on ECO schemes,” said Charlie McConalogue.

He said that while some progress had been made at the end of last month’s Trilogue negotiations [EU Commission, Council and European Parliament], it had not been possible to reach an agreement.

“As things stand, what’s blocking a final agreement is the European Parliament part of that Trilogue. We are trying to reach compromises on the issue of convergence, and the ECO scheme element of the payments, but this hasn’t been possible with the parliament so far,” said the Minister.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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