22 August 1997

Irish scrap aid scheme for its new entrants

AN aid scheme for young Irish farmers entering the industry has been scrapped by Irish farm minister Joe Walsh after a spending review.

The installation aid scheme, partly funded by the EU, offered a one-off payment for qualifying new entrants under 35 years old to help with establishment costs.

The decision to suspend the scheme was described as shortsighted by the Irish Farmers Association.

Irelands young farmers association, Macra, said it was a bitter blow to young people interested in farming, reports the Irish Farmers Journal. SMD, the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, said it was a retrogade step.

Mr Walsh said the scheme had already attracted sufficient applications to use all available funding, and the early retirement scheme would now be the main measure for promoting early transfer of land. &#42