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Farmers deserve flexibility under FWMS

14 November, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has said that farmers who start construction under the Farm Waste Management Scheme (FWMS) before the December 31st deadline deserve a flexible response because of the exceptionally bad weather that has hampered building.

Ms de Brún pressed the case for flexibility in the application of the FWMS when she met with EU Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel's cabinet in Brussels at the end of October along with Irish MEPs Marian Harkin, Mairead McGuinness and Liam Aylward.

Ms de Brún said:

"There is a very strong case that has been put to Mariann Fischer Boel by Irish MEPs from across the political spectrum for flexibility on the 31 December deadline in the payment system for completion of work by farmers in respect of the Farm Waste Management Scheme.

"I believe that farmers who have started construction under FWMS before the December 31st deadline deserve a flexible response because of the exceptionally bad weather that has hampered building.

"In relation to farmers in the North, in particular, my point to Commissioner Marian Fisher Boel is that Minister Gildernew, her department and the farmers have all made genuine efforts to make best use of the extra time given to us to meet the requirements regarding nitrates. Many farmers will have their work carried out by the deadline but some may not have finished because the unprecedented bad weather has hampered work. I believe this deserves a flexible response." ENDS

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