Gowing seeks action on Installation cases
The needs of young farmers affected by the closure of Installation Aid (IA) must be addressed in the upcoming budget as a matter of urgency, Macra Na Feirme has insisted.
Macra president Michael Gowing pointed out that some farmers who were excluded from the scheme when it closed in October 2008 are approaching critical deadlines set out in their applications.
Mr Gowing was speaking following a meeting last week with Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith to discuss the budget.
"Minister Smith reiterated his intention to look at the issue of hardship cases arising out of the closure of Installation Aid, but time has moved on," Mr Gowing said.
"The minister has dealt with the hardship cases associated with the closure of the Early Retirement Scheme, and rightly so.
"Installation Aid applicants now need to be taken care of as a matter of urgency as some are falling foul of the legal requirements of the scheme," he added.
Applicants have 18 months to meet with the full requirements of the scheme once they lodge their initial applications.
Retention of agricultural transfer tax reliefs for young, trained farmers, including Stamp Duty Relief and Agricultural Relief, remained vital for the ongoing restructuring, the Macra delegation claimed.