I urge all organic farmers to apply for the Organic Farming Scheme.
“The scheme last reopened in November 2018 for four weeks. 75% of applicants were refused admission due to a flawed points-based system that discriminated against smaller land-based applicants. I am insisting that this cannot happen again”.
“I welcome the fact that the IFA is holding an information evening for farmers considering applying for the scheme next Thurs, 4th March at 8.30 pm. The event will take place over Microsoft Teams”.
To register for the event visit www.ifa.ie/OFS21
“The Department of Agriculture will be available on the night to provide details on the scheme and the points system they apply to applications. Teagasc will also supply advice on the steps to take when considering converting to organic farming and how best to tailor applications”.
“Changing farming enterprises can be a great challenge, having farmers who have gone through the process available on the night to share their experiences with people will be of huge benefit to new applicants. The national certification bodies IOA and Organic Trust will also be on hand to answer questions”.