/Half of farmers’ appeals against Department of Agriculture decisions were dismissed last year

Half of farmers’ appeals against Department of Agriculture decisions were dismissed last year

Greater than half of appeals by farmers who have been unhappy with selections by the Division of Agriculture final yr have been dismissed, Cupboard ministers Shall be informed right now.

inister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue will convey to Cupboard the Annual Report of the Agriculture Appeals Office 2020, which particulars figures on how appeals have been dealt with by his department.

There was An enhance of 33pc Inside the Quantity of appeals acquired by the department final yr, with An complete of 760 appeals lodged.

However, 51pc Of these have been dismissed by department officers.

Some 39pc of appeals have been allowed. The complete Quantity of agriculture appeals Handled in 2020 was 358.

The Agriculture Appeals Office was established in 2002 To current an unbiased appeals service to farmers Who’re dissatisfied with selections of the department.

The very biggest Quantity of the appeals was for the Inexperienced Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS), which accounted for 17pc of all appeals acquired.

The GLAS scheme is structured To current precedence to farmers with weak lands, For event areas that embrace delicate landscapes, water areas or are the habitat of particular wild birds.

The Oireachtas Agriculture Committee heard earlier this yr that An complete of 6,629 farmers opted out of the GLAS this yr.

Specific cost costs Rely upon land and actions taken, however Usually The utmost cost is €5,000 per yr.

The Quantity of appeals Regarding the GLAS scheme was adopted by appeals submitted in relation to the Areas of Pure Constraint Scheme (ANC) which accounted for 15pc of appeals.

In the meantime, Minister McConalogue Can additionally replace Cupboard colleagues on Brexit preparations, telling ministers that a six-month Carry on The mannequin new certification and veterinary checks has A mannequin new deadline of October 1 for legal guidelines checks.

Some 120 to 140 new veterinary, technical and administrative staff Can be required To fulfill The huge rise in certification checks as quickly as the grace interval had run out.