IOA are delighted with the announcement of the continuation of the Organic Farming Scheme (OFS) for 2012. Gillian Westbrook, General Manager, IOA stated “we welcome the announcement of the opening of the OFS, as IOA has a lot of farmers who are keen to enter organic farming. We are experiencing continued confidence in the sector and IOA are keen to encourage farmers participation into the ultimate sustainable low-input farming system”.
On opening the scheme, Minister McEntee pointed out that proposals presented by the European Commission on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy are very positive in relation to the Organic Sector. “The proposals presented by the Commission refer to provisions for innovative actions promoting a resource-efficient, productive and low-emission agricultural sector” stated Minister McEntee. “We must therefore continue to promote organic farming, which is compatible with the protection and improvement of the environment.”
The closing date for new applicants to the OFS is 15th of May.
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For more information please contact:
Gillian Westbrook, General Manager, IOFGA, Tel 087 7819967
Grace Maher, Development Officer, IOFGA, Tel 087 6125989