Written answers

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Agriculture Scheme Eligibility

Photo of Noel GrealishNoel Grealish (Galway West, Independent)
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217. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if there are circumstances which allow a person older than 35 years of age to apply for a green cert in order to ensure continuity of a family farm; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37276/20]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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Teagasc deliver the Green Cert Programme on a full-time, part-time and distance education basis in the Agricultural Colleges and Regional Education Centres. I am advised by Teagasc that there is no upper age limit on the Green Cert course entry.

Promoting generational renewal is a priority and there are supports available for young farmers, both under the CAP and through national measures. Taxation measures for young trained farmers, such as 100% Stamp Duty relief and 100% Stock Relief, require the farmer to be aged under 35 years.

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