McAleer welcomes changes to Young Farmers Scheme
In welcoming the changes to the Young Farmers Scheme, Sinn Féin’s agriculture spokesperson Declan McAleer said:
“The Young Farmers Scheme was a key component of the CAP reform process negotiated during the term of then Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill.
“Sinn Féin recognised that the average age of farmers had increased to 58 and that to prepare for the future, young people had to be incentivised into the industry. The Young Farmers Scheme was designed with this in mind.
“Also, in response to the public consultation at that time, the Minister also dropped the Level 3 entry qualification for the scheme, changing this to a Level 2 requirement which made it more accessible to a larger number of young people.
“The changes announced by the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs today are in line with Sinn Féin’s commitments during the CAP reform process and as the industry faces the uncertainties of Brexit this is the type of support that our farmers need at this time."