Forestry planting to reach 60-year low amid rules row

By Caitríona Morrissey
Irish Famers Journal
October 10, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Farmers are refusing to plant more forestry until Minister for Food, Forestry and Horticulture Andrew Doyle changes the rules on planting marginal land and premium payments on set aside land. Latest figures from the Forest Service show that planting is down 20%, the IFA has claimed. The Government’s target is to plant 7,140ha of forestry in 2017. …IFA forestry chairman Pat Collins said the farmers are holding off on planting until Minister Doyle commits to removing restrictions on planting productive marginal land and paying farmers a premium on all land they are obliged to set aside for environmental enhancement. 

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