Less than 50% of Clare Farmers or their agents registered for the Departments on-line services – BREEN

December 2nd, 2010 - Pat Breen

Figures revealed by Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen show that less than 50% of Clare Farmers or their authorised agents have registered for the Department of Agricultures on-line services to date. Deputy Breen claims that these figures together with the information received regarding the number of Clare farmers who have signed up to the on-line herd register is a clear indication that the majority of Clare Farmers continue to operate a manual system and that as a result the closure of the Departments Ennis office has had a huge impact on farmers and is causing huge inconvenience. To date, in County Clare, 242 herd keepers have signed up to the on-line herd register and 104 have applied for compliance certificates on-line.

“These figures reveal that in total 3,127 farmers or their authorised agents have registered for the Departments on-line services to date. Under the 2010, Single Payment Scheme, a total of 1,311 on-line applications were submitted by or on behalf of the Clare Farmers. In addition, 140 farmers/agents have used the Forestry on-line services to date, while 647 farmers have registered 16,983 calves to date, during 2010. Furthermore, since the Department introduced a new on-line system earlier this year which removed the requirement to maintain the on-farm bovine herd register, known as the ‘The blue book’, 242 Herd keepers from County Clare have signed up to the on-line register and in addition 104 keepers have applied for compliance certificates on-line.”

“Two years ago there were 6,120 farmers in County Clare and even accounting for some slippage in the numbers since thee Farmers continue to operate a manual system and that as a result the closure of the Departments Ennis office has had a huge impact on farmers and is causing huge inconvenience. To date, in County Clare, 242 herd keepers have signed up to the on-line herd register and 104 have applied for compliance certificates on-line.

“These figures reveal that in total 3,127 farmers or their authorised agents have registered for the Departments on-line services to date. Under the 2010, Single Payment Scheme, a total of 1,311 on-line applications were submitted by or on behalf of the Clare Farmers. In addition, 140 farmers/agents have used the Forestry on-line services to date, while 647 farmers have registered 16,983 calves to date, during 2010. Furthermore, since the Department introduced a new on-line system earlier this year which removed the requirement to maintain the on-farm bovine herd register, known as the ‘The blue book’, 242 Herd keepers from County Clare have signed up to the on-line register and in addition 104 keepers have applied for compliance certificates on-line.”

“Two years ago there were 6,120 farmers in County Clare and even accounting for some slippage in the numbers since then, these figures reveal that less than 50% of Clare Farmers or the agents are using the Departments on-line service. The reality of the situation is however that it is mainly their agents who availing of the on-line service. Most farmers pay a fee to an agent to complet