Macra na Feirme president, Thomas Duffy, has welcomed the recent decisions made by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) to allow flexibility over a number of schemes.
The DAFM will allow young Irish farmers, who have applied for the Young Farmers Scheme and TAMS, to arrange inspection interviews over the phone instead of in-person."This is a much-needed relief to young farmers who have applied. It avoids unnecessary contact with inspectors while still ensuring the schemes can be continued. This is the right decision by the Department of Agriculture.”
The Department has also confirmed that provisions will be put in place for those that cannot complete their educational requirements for the schemes, due to college closures. The young farmers affected will be accommodated through arrangements with Teagasc.
“Anything that alleviates stress on young farmers is definitely welcome, they have enough challenges right now during this crisis” added Agricultural Affairs Chair, John Keane.
Macra na Feirme have said they will continue to engage with the Department of Agriculture to ensure the needs of young farmers are met during this difficult time.