Ferris welcomes changes to Early Retirement Scheme for farmers
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture and Food, Martin Ferris TD has welcomed changes to the Early Retirement Scheme for farmers announced by Minister Mary Coughlan. The limit for off-farm income for transferees has been raised from €25,400 to €40,000. However, Deputy Ferris said that the Minister still has to address core issues raised by those who feel that they have been unfairly treated under the ERS.
The Kerry North TD said: “The change in the income limit is welcome in so far as it does recognise the increasing importance of off-farm employment for many. However, the Minister must also address the issues raised by farmers who took part in the scheme and who feel that they have lost out with the changes introduced on foot of the reformed CAP. The EU has authorised the Irish Government to change the criteria in relation to issues such as indexation and it is vital that Minister Coughlan does so before the new scheme comes into place next year.”