Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív has called for the immediate entry of 2,500 Tier 3 farmers into round 2 of the GLAS agri environmental scheme.  These farmers received rejection letters from the Department of Agriculture in recent weeks, despite previous assertions by Minister Coveney that they would be accepted into the scheme.

Deputy Ó Cuív explained, “It is extremely unfair that 2,500 Tier 3 farmers are being excluded from GLAS 2, considering the fact that many of them are on low incomes. They have already invested time and money with GLAS planners in getting all necessary paper work in order but have now had their applications rejected.

“Low income farmers cannot be left in limbo. They should be allowed to enter the scheme as promised by the Minister at the budget last year. I am also calling on the Minister to expedite the outstanding 800 applications under the National Reserve and Young Farmers Scheme to enable payments be made immediately.

“Young farmers are being put through quite an ordeal as a result of additional and unnecessary paperwork. This amount of red tape is typical of the overtly bureaucratic nature of existing CAP schemes.

“Fianna Fáil has put forward proposals for a simpler CAP and has welcomed moves by the Commissioner to introduce changes in this regard.

“This Government’s blatant neglect of rural Ireland and farmers is continuing unabated.  Fianna Fáil is the only party offering a real alternative to the rural rampage which has been carried out under Fine Gael’s watch”.