IFA President John Bryan has said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney must immediately open the AEOS scheme for 10,000 farmers who are leaving REPS 3.
Speaking following the IFA Executive Council in Dublin, Mr Bryan said that the reopening of AEOS must be done in sufficient time and well in advance of the mid-May Single Farm payment deadline to ensure that farmers are given ample opportunity to apply to this scheme.
“The renewed confidence in the sector must be supported by a new AEOS similar to last year, for farmers who want to continue environmental works on their farms,” he said.
Mr Bryan stated, “Farm schemes such as the AEOS and REPS play a significant part in supporting farm incomes and improving the environment. They are also crucial in stimulating the rural economy and creating jobs.
“The Government must ensure that all farm schemes are fully funded and remain in place to maintain our productive base, which will be an important element in fulfilling the growth potential of Food Harvest 2020.”