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DONEGAL HILL FARMERS UNDER THREAT FROM INFLEXIBLE DEPARTMENT, SAYS MEP HARKIN

first_imgMarian Harkin, MEPThe Department of Agriculture is unnecessarily imposing conditions on the participation of Donegal hill and commonage farmers in the new EU supported GLAS Scheme, MEP Marian Harkin has warned.She spoke out following a meeting she organised with senior European Commission officials and which was attended by farmers from Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal.“What emerged clearly from this meeting was that Ireland’s Department of Agriculture is attempting to impose regulations in an inflexible way which is not required by the European Commission”, she said. The result of this was that commonage farmers were the only producers in Ireland being denied the right to apply as individuals to participate in the new agricultural environment GLAS Scheme, Marian Harkin said.“These farmers are perfectly willing to ensure that the commonages are maintained in line with the required Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) required by the EU”, she said.“However unnecessary inflexibility by the Department of Agriculture would defeat the objectives of EU policy and in the process undermine the prospects that hill farming could sustain into the future, she maintained.“It is time for the Minister for Agriculture to intervene on this issue and permit the farmers who know the hills, and how they need to be farmed, to engage in the GLAS Scheme and in the process deliver economically to their local areas and the EU’s environmental objectives”, Independent MEP Marian Harkin concluded. Donegal hill farmers have had several meetings about the issue – and claim the Department reneged on a deal. DONEGAL HILL FARMERS UNDER THREAT FROM INFLEXIBLE DEPARTMENT, SAYS MEP HARKIN was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Department of AgricultureGLAShill farmersmarian harkin meplast_img read more