Closing Date Nears For Submissions To Organic Farming Scheme Review

From: Dunphy PR
Published: Wed Aug 19 2009

Last month the Department of Agriculture announced a review of the Organic Farming Scheme under which support is paid to farmers in the sector.

According to Minister of State Killeen: "The review will look at how available funds can be used to best effect to deliver increased organic production and expand the area of farmland in the sector. As part of this review, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is developing a set of criteria for selecting those applications that are most likely to contribute to the scheme objectives."

The Clare Deputy added: "The Department is inviting submissions from stakeholders in the organic sector and from the general public. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 4 September." Submissions should be sent by email if possible to or by post to the Organic Unit, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co Wexford.

Meanwhile, Minister of State Killeen has reiterated his call for the European Commission to introduce further measures that will help stimulate the Irish dairy sector. The Junior Agriculture Minister said further action was needed to increase dairy intervention prices, along with the scope and level of export refunds. "The European Commission must urgently consider such actions due to the current downturn in milk prices. I believe there is an urgent need for the Commissioner to develop a medium term strategy to enable the sector to manage the transition to a post-quota era and to deal with the effects of market volatility", he commented.

Minister Killeen noted that Agriculture Ministers from throughout the Union would have an opportunity to address the problems in the dairy sector at the next meeting of the Council of Ministers on 7 September next.


Notes to Editor:
- Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr. Tony Killeen, T.D., is available for interview on 087-2525304
- High-resolution images of Minister Killeen are available on request please contact Mark Dunphy of Dunphy Public Relations on 00353868534900 or

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