Farming in brief: Rescheduled ICSA AGM this Thursday
Published 05/01/2010 | 05:00
THE Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) will hold its rescheduled AGM and annual conference on Thursday at the Strand Hotel, Limerick at 7.30pm.
The theme of the conference is 'What a Difference a Year Makes -- Agriculture's Role in National Economic Recovery'.
Speakers include the Minister for Agriculture, Brendan Smith, Fine Gael spokesman on agriculture, Michael Creed TD, Labour spokesman on agriculture, Sean Sherlock TD and Jim O'Leary, professor of economics at NUI Maynooth.
British MPs slam RPA performance
BRITISH MPs have demanded that the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), which handles single farm payments for UK farmers, reports to them every three months after it wasted £680m (€766m) of taxpayers' money.
Last year, the agency overpaid 1,700 farmers by £90m (€101m), some of whom are now refusing to repay the money. It also lost computer tapes containing confidential bank details for more than 100,000 farmers.
The agency was sharply criticised by the House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee for having a disastrous IT system, poor management and delays in payments.
Advice on offer at succession event