Teagasc must be involved
THAT'S the IFA's position when it comes to the farm environmental scheme GLAS.
IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy said: "It is vital that there is the support structure for farmers and Teagasc through its 250 advisers play a key role in supporting farmers throughout the country.
"In the delivery of schemes for farmers, the public/private mix has worked effectively over the last 20 years as direct payments have become more important for farmers.
"It would be a travesty if Teagasc were to leave this just to the private sector".
The IFA Rural Development Chairman said the priority must be to ensure that the Minister for Agriculture introduces the GLAS scheme at the earliest possible opportunity.
He must also ensure every farmer is given an opportunity to join the scheme
He pointed out that farmers, particularly in the peripheral regions, depend greatly on Teagasc.
Any diminution of its services would have a catastrophic effect as farmers in these areas are very dependent on direct payment supports.