IFA demands ACRES extension

IFA National Rural Development Committee Chair Michael Biggins has called on Minister McConalogue to extend the May 15th deadline for ACRES fencing actions and the establishment of winter bird food crop due to poor weather conditions in March and April.

“To put it simply, farmers cannot be penalised for non-compliance for events 100 per cent outside their control. The Minister needs to bring in some flexibilities here and extend the deadline until farmers can complete required works,” he said.