16/02/2012

Fine Gael Press Office

Senator Martin Conway

Clare

 

Thursday, February 16th 2012

 

New round of Burren Conservation Farming payments come on stream – Conway

Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has welcomed confirmation that the Year Two Payments under the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme (BFCP) are coming on stream from tomorrow. The announcement was made by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Simon Coveney, earlier today.

“It’s great news that these payments will be issued to farmers from tomorrow, Friday the 17th February. The programme is implemented in conjunction with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Burren Life Project.

“A total of 143 farmers will benefit from this programme. The BFCP takes an excellent approach to farming in the Burren by combining high quality food production with a healthy environment and heritage. It is based on the findings of the Burren Life Project which was completed in 2010.

“The BFCP has demonstrated huge environmental benefit to date, including the repair of broken walls, new ration-based feeding systems and the removal of scrub from rich grassland. I am glad to see that funding is being made available for these very significant environmental factors.

“This programme is growing from strength to strength. I commend the farmers who are currently involved I would urge others to participate in such a worthwhile initiative.”