Stealth cuts for farmers on mountain land

stock-footage-cattle-and-rocky-mountainsMayo Fianna Fáil T.D. Dara Calleary has joined his colleague Éamon Ó’Cuív T.D. in condemning cuts introduced by the Minister for Agriculture on farmers who farm cattle rather than sheep on mountain land.
Under the previous Government, a rule was introduced whereby farmers farming mountain land received €109.71 on the first ten hectares of land as compared to €95.99 for the rest of the land.

However following questing from Deputy Ó’Cuív, it has now emerged that cattle farmers in mountain areas will only receive €95.99 per forage hectare on the first ten hectares of land in 2013, thus reducing payment to these cattle farmers by €137.20 per annum on the first ten hectares.

“Farmers are particularly annoyed that this was a hidden stealth charge that was only uncovered after questioning by Deputy Ó’Cuív in the Dáil,” said Deputy Calleary.

“Fianna Fáil is now call on the farming organisations and on farmers in marginal areas to resist this cut. It is important that farmers make a stand for themselves. I would urge affected farmers to make their voice heard at the National Agriculture Conference to be held by Fianna Fáil in the Red Cow Hotel, Dublin on March 9th starting at 11am”.

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