Farming organisations and local politicians have welcomed the recent extension announced for the closing date of the Beef Data and Genomics Scheme to June 5.
ICSA president Patrick Kent said: “ICSA lobbied strongly for this extension at our meeting with the Department last Friday, and we are pleased to see that our concerns and the concerns of our members were taken on board,” he said.
“We are now asking Minister Coveney to use this extra time to resolve all outstanding concerns which are preventing farmers from applying, particularly the six-year contract, issues around star-ratings and unannounced inspections.”
Roscommon/South Leitrim Deputy, Michael Fitzmaurice, said: “I have attended a number of meetings in recent weeks at which farmers expressed their unease and confusion at several aspects of this scheme.”
The Independent Deputy told the Leitrim Observer this week that the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, should avail of this deadline extension to allay the fears of farmers and increase the numbers participating in the scheme.