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Farm Retirement Scheme Eligibility

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 3 October 2017

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Ceisteanna (463)

Brendan Smith

Ceist:

463. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a farmer participating on a farm retirement scheme would be in breach of the criteria of this scheme if they engaged in hobby farming (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41618/17]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The Early Retirement Scheme, ERS, was a voluntary scheme that included a condition to cease all commercial farming activity definitively. However, hobby farming of the nature and extent outlined in the details supplied by the Deputy, and in response to further query by my Department, is allowed and carries no implications for participation under the scheme.

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