‘The farm­ing keeps me fit enough to play mid­field ’

Irish Independent - Farming - - RURAL LIFE -

TREVOR KELLY has shelved plans to in­crease his suck­ler herd un­til the For­got­ten Young Farmer is­sue is fi­nally re­solved by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture. It’s purely a euro and cents is­sue be­cause the lack of a farm pay­ment lim­its his chances of ex­pand­ing his live­stock farm at Trien out­side Castlerea in Co Roscommon.

He is un­der­whelmed by ef­forts so far from the Gov­ern­ment and the farm or­gan­i­sa­tions to re­solve the pay­ment anom­alies within the cur­rent Com­mon Agri­cul­tural Pol­icy which have seen up to 2,000 young farm­ers stranded with­out full farm pay­ments.

“It would take about €10m from the cur­rent CAP bud­get to solve the is­sue and help the For­got­ten Young Farm­ers but all we get from the politi­cians and farm or­gan­i­sa­tions are prom­ises which are never kept. We are be­ing shafted,” says the 38-year-old.

“If any farm­ing emer­gency oc­curs in the dairy or tillage sec­tors there is money made avail­able from the CAP funds to deal with the prob­lems. I don’t grudge them the emer­gency money but why can’t the Gov­ern­ment and Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture find the money within the CAP bud­get to solve our prob­lem,” he says.

Trevor, who de­scribes him­self as a “farmer since I was a nip­per”, took over the fam­ily farm from his par­ents Thomas and Mairead just over 10 years ago. It was a small 20

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