New training deadline for schemes
The deadline for new entrants or young farmers to start training to avail of the National Reserve has been brought forward to December 31 following concerns from Brussels officials about the administration of the scheme.
Applicants are due to receive a letter this week confirming the changes, with up to 2,000 believed to be affected. Concerns that ag colleges would not have coped with the requirement that all 15,700 applicants to the National Reserve and Young Farmer schemes had at least started agricultural training was the reason the original deadline for training was September 2016.
In response to concerns from the ICMSA that the changes would prevent some applicants availing of the scheme, a statement from the Department said that arrangements are now being put in place with the agricultural colleges to ensure that each applicant will be able to start their training this year.
There were 7,000 applicants to the National Reserve and 8,700 to the Young Farmer scheme and the two schemes have a combined allocation of €49m.