19/09/11 Minister Deenihan announces compensation for de-stocked farmers in County Galway

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., has announced a compensation measure for de-stocked farmers in the Twelve Bens and Maumturk regions of County Galway, whose REPS plans have terminated since the closing date of AEOS 2011.

Farmers in the Twelve Bens and Maumturk regions have been de-stocked and restricted in their farming practice in recent years for environmental conservation and restoration purposes. The affected farmers receive payment through agri-environment schemes for loss of income arising out of the prescribed restrictions. However, with the closure of AEOS 2011 in May and the finishing of individual five-year REPS contracts, a number of farmers in the region have been left without financial compensation, while continuing to be restricted.

To address this issue, Minister Deenihan in consultation with the farming organisations, has offered eligible farmers compensation for continuing to honour their environmental commitments.

The compensation payment will cover the period from the end of the individual farmer’s REPS contract up to the end of April 2012. Payment will be based on the AEOS 2011 financial package of a maximum of €4,000, and will be conditional on the farmer committing to continue to abide by the prescribed restrictions. The Agri-environment Unit of the National Parks and Wildlife Service will be in touch with the individual farmers in due course.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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