Farmer appeals to Department up 44pc
The Department of Agriculture recorded a massive 44pc increase in the number of farmers who appealed decisions made by Department officials last year.
Almost 700 farmers made appeals to the Department of Agriculture last year, an increase of nearly 50pc on the number received in 2008.
Figures released by the Department of Agriculture Appeals Office show that 692 cases were received last year, compared to 481 12 months before.
The highest number of appeals were related to REPS, which was the subject of controversy when Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith said last July that REPS 4 was closed for applications.
More than 60pc (427) of appeals were related to REPS, while the single farm payment scheme accounted for 118 appeals.
Sixty-four farmers appealed decisions on the Farm Improvement Scheme, 22 made appeals related to the Suckler Welfare Scheme (SWS) and 20 farmers appealed decisions referring to Installation Aid.
The appeals office highlighted several examples of appeals under each scheme, including that of a farmer who was penalised under the SWS for selling 30 calves at less than two weeks after weaning.