IFA Action to Tackle Low Income Farm Incomes
Constant vigilence to improve the market return
for agricultural products for all farmers.
Maximising the uptake of key agricultural
Ensuring that small and medium sized producers
get priority access to available quota.
Simplifying the applications for the various
headage and premia schemes.
Seeking improvements to the Disadvantaged Areas
Scheme to help 100,000 farmers depending on headage.
Lobbying for changes to the REPS scheme to make
it more flexible.
Seeking the reintroduction of the Control of
Farmyard Pollution Scheme.
Effective implementation of the new REPS/SAC
Campaigning to eliminate the rigid rules in the
Early Retiremernt Scheme including the enlargement clause, definition of
full time farmer etc.
Increased payments for farm forestry as an
alternative income source.
Easing the assessment procedure for Social
Welfare and securing key means test concessions (REPS/SAC).
Encouraging the job creating agencies to
improve the spread of jobs to rural areas.
Pressing for farmers to be eligible for Family
Income Supplement (F.I.S.)
Promoting alternative income sources either off
farm or on farm through the various rural development and Structural Funds
Lobbying for effective rural development
policies under Agenda 2000 to improve farm incomes.