New hen harrier scheme will backfire
IRISH Farmers with Designated Land Group (IFDL) have warned that “inadequacies” in the new hen harrier scheme will mean there will be a renewed demand for afforestation.
IFDL chair Jason Fitzgerald said the new scheme was meant to give farmers an income that is an alternative to planting the land with trees but feels that its shortfalls will mean it will only lead to an increased demand for af- forestation. “The background of this scheme was to address the shortcomings of GLAS. It is far short of what we were promised. It will increase the intensity and appetite for forestry,” he said.
Mr Fitzgerald added that €510 per hectare for 15 years as opposed to €48-€75 per hectare in the habitat scheme would intensify demand for forestry and said he has contacted Minister Michael Creed and TDs in the affected areas about the issue.