IFA chair says rural programme must deliver strong support

Flor McCarthy

Flor McCarthy

IFA Rural Development chairman Flor McCarthy said that the imminent Government decision on national co-financing for the Rural Development Programme over the next seven years must deliver strong support for vital farm schemes which underpin farm incomes particularly in Disadvantaged Areas and in the low income sectors of farming.

Mr McCarthy said that farmers in many parts of the country are very dependent on CAP Pillar II Rural Development supports such as Environmental and Disadvantaged Areas schemes.

Recent cutbacks have had a severe impact on farmers and the rural economy and the ball is now firmly in the hands of the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, to ensure that Rural Development schemes continue to play a vital role over the next seven years. He urged the Government to co-finance at a rate of 50:50 with national top-ups to ensure that such schemes support the rural economy and jobs.


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