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Beef Geonomics Scheme Very Unsatisfactory

Now that the closing date for the Beef Geonomics Scheme has passed I am again highlighting the many problems that farmers faced in connection with this scheme. The figures for those joining the scheme are nowhere near what was anticipated because of the problems involved, and there may be as many as 7,000 farmers less than was hoped. It is envisaged that many of the farmers who have applied for the scheme will actually pull out because of fears that they have about parts of the scheme and the terms and conditions. It would be in the interest of the Minister to devise a more workable scheme that would suit farners in the West of Ireland, where 80% of the sucklers are based