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Approval to use set-aside Land for Animal Feed Purposes

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., has welcomed the decision of the EU Management Committee for Direct Payments, authorising farmers in Ireland affected by drought to use land declared as set-aside for animal feed purposes from 15 July, under the condition that the land is not used for lucrative purposes and, in particular, that no fodder produced on that set-aside land is sold.

The Minister explained that under the current rules governing the use of set-aside land, these areas set aside would otherwise be required to remain so until 31 August at the earliest. "The earlier commencement will greatly help the farmers involved to address some of the fodder problems brought on by the dry weather in June and July," the Minister concluded.

11 August, 2006

Date Released: 11 August 2006