Macra na Feirme has welcomed a commitment from Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue to support ‘forgotten farmers’ in the next CAP.

‘Forgotten farmers’ are a cohort of young farmers under 40 who fell between the cracks in successive CAP cycles and were locked out of the most recent cycle.

The Irish Farmers Journal recently highlighted the situation facing the 3,900 farmers and catalogued their concerns, while the IFA president Tim Cullinan also came under fire on the issue.

Since then, the Minister has made a commitment to make amends to the cohort and this has been welcomed by Macra na Feirme president Thomas Duffy.

“We are delighted with the news and we welcome Minister McConalogue’s commitment to resolving the matter for the affected young farmers in the new CAP arrangements,” he said.

“This has been a long time coming, as these young farmers have been left out in the cold for far too long.

“All young farmers deserve equal treatment - Macra want[s] assurances that this does not happen again to any young farmer.”

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