‘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.
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.”