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Saturday 3 December 2016

IFA push for new Charter of Rights for farmers

Published 20/05/2015 | 02:30

IFA Deputy President Tim O'Leary. Photo O'Gorman Photography.
IFA Deputy President Tim O'Leary. Photo O'Gorman Photography.

The IFA has called on Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to honour his commitment on finalising a new Charter of Rights for farmers. IFA deputy president Tim O'Leary said farmers were promised a new charter to coincide with the new CAP.

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"Farmers are extremely frustrated with the lack of progress from Minister Coveney in finalising a new Charter of Farmers' Rights. It's time the minister delivered fair play for all farm families, as he promised in recent weeks during the by-election campaign in Carlow-Kilkenny," Mr O'Leary said.

The minister's inaction has allowed the negotiations on the new charter to get bogged down in inspections, with no movement by the Department of Agriculture, continued Mr O'Leary.

"Minister Coveney has to intervene in this logjam, resolve the key outstanding issues, and insist that a new, improved charter is implemented without further delay," he said.

The IFA is demanding the new charter incorporates fair notice of inspection, the elimination of duplication, a reduction in inspections, as well as increased tolerances and a new yellow card system for unintentional non- compliances.

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