Sinn Féin Cllr John Rice has welcomed this week’s announcement from the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) that successful applicants for the Young Farmers’ Payment will now receive the payment for five years following their first successful application.
Previously, a five year period would have been reduced had the young farmer been farming as head of holding for a time before submitting the application. The change announced this week means that, for example, a young farmer who has been head of holding for four years when submitting an application will now receive the payment for the subsequent five years compared to only one year previously.
The Slieve Croob Cllr 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.
“The changes this week are a welcome acknowledgment from the Department that the industry needs continued support in the face of Brexit and I am delighted they are in keeping with Sinn Féin’s commitments during the CAP reform process.”