Minister says farm retirement scheme will not be restored

‘Priority of Department has shifted to the encouragement of generational change for farmers.’

Sligo News File

The government has ruled out any return of the farm retirement scheme.

Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture

Responding to a query on the issue from Fianna Fail Deputy Eamon Scanlon, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said he had no plans to re-open the scheme or introduce another similar one.

He said, “In recent years the priority of my Department has shifted
to the encouragement of generational change for farmers.

“There are a number of supports specifically available for young farmers under my Department schemes in order to incentivise this generational renewal. For example, under the 2014 – 2020 Rural Development Programme there is for an enhanced capital investment scheme for young trained farmers.ant aid at a rate of 60% of the cost of the investment, compared to the standard grant rate of 40%, and I believe it is an important support and encouragement to young farmers starting in agriculture for the first time.”