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Cuts to Disadvantaged Area Scheme will have devastating effect on lower income farm households – Colreavy

7 December, 2011 - by Michael Colreavy TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on agriculture, fisheries and the marine, Michael Colreavy TD, has criticised budget cuts which will impact most on lower income farm households.
In particular he drew attention to the changes that are being made to the Disadvantaged Area Scheme.

Deputy Colreavy said:

“The €30 million being cut from the Disadvantaged Area Scheme will have a devastating effect on a large number of lower income farmers. Changes to the stocking rate criteria will mean that farmers will have to have twice the stocking level currently in order to qualify for the grant. This is a regressive measure.

“The loss of that money will represent a significant blow to many farm households and in combination with the overall impact of the budget will increase the levels of hardship and poverty.

“Sinn Féin is also critical of the changes to Farm Assist which will hit already struggling farmers.”

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