President Thomas Duffy has welcomed the decision by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine allowing flexibility for young Irish farmers who have applied for the Young Farmers Scheme and TAMS to arrange inspection interviews over the phone instead of in person interviews. The Department has confirmed that required documents can be posted to DAFM.
“This is a much-needed relief to young farmers who have applied. It avoids unnecessary contact with inspectors while still ensuring the schemes can be continued. This is the right decision by the Department of Agriculture,” said Macra na Feirme National President Thomas Duffy.
The Department has also confirmed that arrangements have been made so that young farmers who cannot complete their educational requirements for the Young Farmers scheme or TAMS due to college closures will be accommodated through arrangements with Teagasc.
“Anything that alleviates stress on young farmers is definitely welcome, they have enough challenges right now during this crisis” added Agricultural Affairs Chair John Keane.
Macra will continue to engage with the Department of Agriculture to ensure the needs of young farmers are met during this difficult time.