ICSA CALLS FOR REVERSAL OF DISADVANTAGED AREAS CUTS

‘Those trying to make a living in disadvantaged areas have taken a huge hit’

‘€67 million was taken out of the disadvantaged areas scheme’

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Patrick Kent, President, Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association.
Patrick Kent, President, Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association.

ICSA president Patrick Kent has called for the reversal of cuts to disadvantaged areas payments in the light of proposed increases in public sector pay.

“Minister Howlin has announced plans for restoring public sector pay, and as he said himself, his focus will be on the low-paid and those who were worst hit. Drystock farmers have the lowest incomes in the farming sector, and those who are also trying to make a living in disadvantaged areas have taken a huge hit,” said Mr. Kent.

“€67 million was taken out of the disadvantaged areas scheme and ICSA is calling for the restoration of the maximum number of hectares for which payment can be claimed to 45.”