Future of Agricultural Environmental Options Scheme a cause for concern – Colreavy
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Michael Colreavy has expressed concern at the future of the Agricultural Environmental Options Scheme.
Deputy Colreavy called on the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to stand by farmers and ensure that the promises made by the last Government are not now reneged on.
Deputy Colreavy said:
“I share the concerns of IFA president John Bryan and of farmers throughout Ireland regarding delay in opening the AEOS Scheme 2011.
“The previous Government had committed to taking on 10,000 farmers leaving REPS 3. The mid-May deadline for Single Farm Payment is now fast approaching.
“In response to a Parliamentary Question my party tabled to the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, the Minister said that he “is currently concluding a review of last year’s scheme, on the basis of which, and subject to the expenditure ceilings set out in the National Recovery Plan 2011-2014, he will make an announcement in relation to the position for 2011.”
“Agriculture is one of the few well-functioning areas of Ireland’s real economy. REPS and AEOS play an essential role in making farming viable; in creating and sustaining jobs; in supporting the real local economy and in improving the environment.
“I am asking the Minister to stand by farmers and ensure the promises made by the last Government are not now reneged on.”