Monday, May 25, 2015

Beef Data and Genomics scheme

Feighan to meet Minister Coveney to discuss concerns over Beef Data and Genomics scheme 
Roscommon/South Leitrim Fine Gael TD, Frank Feighan, is to meet Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, on Tuesday next, May 26th to discuss farmers’ concerns over the new Beef Data and Genomics programme.
“I will be among a number of Fine Gael TDs who will meet Minister Coveney in Leinster House to discuss issues which have emerged in relation to the operation of the scheme.
“While everyone welcomes the move to improve the genetic quality of the beef herd and the €300m investment in the suckler herd, farmers are expressing significant concerns about the workings of the scheme. 
 “Clear issues have arisen around the mandatory six year contract requirement and the scheme’s general complexity, including the star ratings element. It is important that all of these issues are sufficiently addressed in order to give farmers the confidence to buy into the scheme.
“I also hope that any concerns about the lack of consultation will be looked as it is important there is full clarity and certainty for farmers in order they can give this programme the vote of confidence.”

Contact: Deputy Feighan, 086 833 1234.

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