Agriculture representatives will challenge Agriculture Minister Charlie McConnell in a meeting on Friday over the government’s decision to hand over 49 million euros in environmental incentives to another department.
Initially provided to support decarbonizing farming methods, revelations that the money would be spent on welfare fuel subsidies provoked an angry reaction in the agricultural sector.
Details of the decision, published in The Irish Times, were in the budget documents and have raised concerns as farmers believe all such funds should be blocked for green measures.
“There were a lot of things that could be done with that money, but unfortunately it didn’t come back to where we wanted it to be,” said its president, Tom McCormack. Irish Creamy Milk Suppliers Association, Which is to raise the issue with Mr McConnell during the post-budget wide-ranging meeting. “We will be very concerned about that.”
The Department of Agriculture has promised a 1.5 1.5 billion package for farmers during the next budget, but the decision to divert 49 49 million has frightened many sectors that have already seen climate reform. Doubts about its effects on farming families
Tipperary TD and Chairman Oireachtas Agriculture Committee Jackie Kahl He said that while the amount would reappear in 2023, it was likely that the decision would be taken by committee members when Mr McConnell appeared before them to discuss budget measures.
Like others, he said it was against previous guarantees and it was troubling that it could have been spent on something.
“We were told that the money would be used for environmental agricultural schemes. This is not happening in 2022, so it is disappointing.
“Money has been withdrawn from one department for a year and given to a completely different department. Farmers will be very disappointed. They will say that if it can happen once, it can happen again.
Although satisfied that the money will be provided for its original purpose in 2023, Mr. Cahill. He said that he started receiving calls from farmers on the night of the budget.
Opposition politicians also pointed to a lack of investment in the sector next year. Sun Fan Agricultural Spokesperson Matt Carty. He said the move was an “insult to injury” given the lack of budget investment in new schemes.
“Most farmers see it as a slap in the face because there is a strong sense that the carbon tax is a job,” he said. .