Fine Gael TD for Kildare South, and Chair of the Fine Gael Internal Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Martin Heydon, has said that farmers across Kildare will benefit from a relaxation of farm inspections announced today (Monday) by the European Commission.

“A new package of implementation measures has been announced by the European Commission which will make like easier for farmers in Kildare and across the country. Essentially they can expect a relaxation of the farm inspection regime, which I’ve no doubt will be welcomed by all farmers. Any reduction of bureaucracy like this means more time for farmers to be out on the land doing what they do best- farming.

“The full details of the measures are yet to be finalised, however the Commission has indicated that the minimum rate of on-the-spot inspections should be reduced from 5% to 1% in certain circumstances, as well as increased flexibility in the procedures for conducting inspections under the integrated administration and control systems (IACS).

“The Council of the European Union Agriculture and Fisheries meeting also announced today that increased flexibility for the Rural Development Programme (RDP) will allow Member States such as Ireland amend their Programmes to target specific measures. Minister Coveney has welcomed this saying that the conditions in which we operate are constantly changing and so any increased flexibility for Ireland is welcome.”