IFA hits out at Bord Snip
Following renewed interest in the Bord Snip Report, IFA president John Bryan said the proposals took no account of the importance of agriculture to the economy or the cuts of €135m on farming before its publication.
He said the REPS 4 environmental programme was closed and the replacement scheme (AEOS) saved the exchequer a further €20m in 2010.
He added that the Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme was slashed in half. He also said the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was cut to 37,000 farmers, forestry premiums were cut by 8pc, and the early retirement and young farmer installation measures abolished.
The IFA president said: "Not alone must the Government maintain all the existing schemes, but it should also look at what more needs to be done to support primary production so jobs and exports can be maximised."