Farm Ireland

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Funds must be prioritised – ICSA

Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough

The ICSA want more money ring-fenced for beef and sheep farmers to prevent it all flowing into the hands of cash-flow rich dairy farmers.

ICSA Munster vice-president John Halley has called for a "realistic" portion of the €395m Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) to be targeted at family farms rather than "boardroom farming for company stakeholders".

"Suckler and sheep farmers cannot compete with dairy farmers in terms of cash- flow.

"Pillar 2 money needs to be prioritised to the low income sectors where the loss of REPS has been especially severe. These are also the sectors that tend to have lower Pillar 1 payments," he said.

The ICSA is also calling for an extra €1,600 for suckler and sheep farmers under the GLAS scheme.

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