Extension needed says IFA

James Brennan, Leitrim IFA Rural Development Chairman, has called for an extension into 2014 for farmers to apply for certain schemes.

“For example, the Dairy Equipment Scheme which has a four-month tranche finishing at the end of 2013 had a projected expenditure of €45m when the scheme was first introduced in 2011. Based on completed applications to date, €10m has been paid out. Under the Sheep Handling and Fencing Scheme less than €1m of the €8m allocated has been used up to date,” he said.

“While there are still a lot of applicants to complete work, a significant amount of money will remain unspent unless the schemes remain open in early 2014 and in advance of a new Farm Investment Scheme in the next Rural Development Plan 2014– 2020.”

He also called for speedier processing of existing applications.


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