Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív TD is calling on all farmers to submit their application form for the Suckler Cow Genomic Scheme. The deadline for the scheme is this Friday, 29th May.
Deputy Ó Cuív commented, “Even though the scheme is most unsatisfactory in its current form, I will continue to work with all like-minded farming interests to try to ensure a fair and equitable scheme is introduced by Minister Simon Coveney. However, it is important that farmers take the first step by submitting application forms as the deadline fast approaches.
“Any farmer who does not submit an application form will not be able to join the scheme, even if the Minister agrees to change its terms and conditions. Minister Coveney has put farmers in a most invidious situation by introducing such an unsatisfactory scheme at the last minute.
“If the Minister refuses to change the terms of the scheme, farmers will be able to opt out without being penalised, however farmers will be unable to sign up at a later date, even if changes are made. In the meantime, I’m calling on the Minister to listen to the concerns of farmers and agri-organisations who want to see a radical revision of the scheme, particularly in relation to the six year rule, star ratings and the overly bureaucratic nature of the scheme”.