Saturday 11 August 2012
Boost for organic farmers
Organic farmers who were in AEOS and the Organic Farming Scheme can now qualify for payments under specific designated land areas under AEOS.
Earlier in the year, it emerged that the Department decided to withdraw AEOS payments to 148 organic farmers.
An appeal by one farmer ruled that the payment should be made.
The Department has now agreed to honour the full term of its contracts -- but only with farmers who appealed the decision.
Gillian Westbrook, general manager, IOFGA, said: "It is regrettable that only farmers who appealed the decision will now receive payments that they are all entitled to.
This has been a lengthy process and one which has led to farmers leaving the organic sector due to the prohibitive restrictions imposed after they had signed their contracts with the Department."
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