Many young farmers in Ireland will not be able access the €5 million National Reserve fund due to a change in eligibility terms.
The new rules require young farmers to have their college certificates "in hand" to be eligable for the scheme, which is undoubtedly a major blow to young farming community.
In a statement Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice for the Galway - Roscommon area said he is urgently calling on the government to fix this problem.
""It came to my attention last Friday that the young farmers scheme which is to open at the end of the month will not accomodate many young farmers as they will not be able to join because of a change in the eligibility terms."
"I am calling on the Government and the main farming organisations to come out and clearly state what their position is on this issue," he stated.
Mr Fitzmaurice continued, "My information is that new rules state that a young farmer must have a 'cert in hand' to qualify and that situation has very serious implications for many young farmers."
"Teagasc and the colleges are just catching up on the backlog of farmers that wanted to do courses from 2015 . Young farmers who started courses last September are not eligible and won't be eligible until 2018 and farmers who start this September will not be eligibile until 2019 which is totally unacceptable."
Speaking to Thatsfarming.com TD Fitzmaurice said, "eligability is the problem and we have to see if the government can do something about it.
"If it was good enough two years ago that a person didn't need to have the course done then why isn't it good enough now?"
TD Fitzmaurice will be meeting with the government in a bid to change the requirments.