Breen welcomes funding for Burren Farming for Conservation Programme

April 14th, 2014 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs & Trade Pat Bren has welcomed the on-going commitment by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Simon Coveney T.D. to fund the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme (BFCP), following confirmation that payments totalling €986,000 have started issuing to 157 participating farmers.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank Minister Coveney for his on-going support for the Burren Farming Conservation Programme. Payments totalling €986,000 began issuing to the 157 farmers under the scheme last week which brings the total allocation for participating farmers to €3.8 million over the four years of the Scheme.

The Scheme is delivering significant environmental benefits for the Burren thanks to the appreciation that these farmers have for this unique landscape. They adapted their farming methods to meet the challenges and during this programme over 67,000 metres of stone walls have been repaired during this time while 180 hectares of invasive scrub has been removed, mainly by hand and almost 100 km of paths being reopened with hundreds of waters supplied being protected by installing new tanks, troughs and pumps.

Given the success of the programme to date I am delighted that the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme has been included in the new Rural Development Programme and that a further €1 million for the continuation of the Programme has been confirmed for this year.”