Tuesday 20 February 2018

Farmer claims budget cuts slash income by €2,200

FARMER Paddy Donnelly said that budget cuts to agriculture will cost him more than €2,200 next year.

The beef and sheep farmer from Mullingar, Co Westmeath, says he'll be down €1,600 a year thanks to cuts to the suckler cow welfare scheme. He'll also lose €300 a year on the sheep grassland scheme and €300 from cuts to the disadvantaged areas scheme.

Mr Donnelly joined about 150 farmers protesting outside the Department of Agriculture yesterday. "I'm just a typical farmer and it hasn't got much attention yet," he said.

The Irish Farmers Association said there was anger at the failure to safeguard low-income farmers, with cuts to the Farm Assist income supplement scheme also hitting many.

The Farm Assist scheme pays out €188 a week to farmers with very low earnings, but budget changes will make it much harder to pass the means test for the payment.

Low-income farmers felt particularly singled out, said IFA president John Bryan.

Irish Independent

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