Farming boost as food output up €300m
THE outlook for farming is looking up with a €300m boost in the value of food output this year after a disastrous 2009.
Farm advisory body Teagasc said yesterday that farmgate output would rise by more than €300m in 2010, mainly down to a recovery in the dairy market.
Meanwhile, the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) said that 25,000 farmers were being left in limbo as they had left the Government's axed Rural Environment Protection Scheme (REPS) -- but it remained uncertain if they could avail of the new replacement scheme which had much lower funding.
IFA president John Bryan called on the Government to give farmers exiting REPS certainty about whether they could avail of the new scheme.