All farmers who applied for the Organic Farming Scheme should avail of the scheme- that’s according to Sligo/Leitrim TD Eamonn Scanlon.

Fianna Fail’s Eamonn Scanlon says that farmers were misled in applying for the scheme, with some investing up to €5000 reshaping their farm to then find out they were unsuccessful.

Deputy Scanlon asked the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to explain the 75% rejection rate of farmers to the scheme.

The scheme incentivises farmers to achieve Organic status by giving them €220/hectare/year during a five year conversion period and €170/hectare/year when full organic status is achieved.

Eamonn Scanlon Told told Midwest Radio News that all farmers who took steps in trying to obtain Organic status should be included in the scheme.

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