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Despite continuous reduction in funding and staffing Teagasc had continued to provide the exceptional advisory and educational services necessary to support farmers as they seek sustainability in an increasingly challenging environment.
This was the view expressed by Independent MEP Marian Harkin when she presented graduation certificates to participants in the Green Cert programme in Donegal town on Friday, November 18th.
She said that the fact that the number of participants in the Green Cert programme in the North West had expanded from 158 to 458 reflected both the importance of the qualification to young farmers and their interest in equipping themselves with the means to compete in an increasingly competitive businesses.
“In the European Parliament we have been particularly concerned to assist young farmers towards long term participation in farming and this was reflected in our insistence that they should have priority access to the Basic Payment National Reserve”, she said.
The fact that many participants in the Green Cert programme had to balance off farm job commitments with attendance at the course was a heartening indication of their commitment and their interest in long term participation in farming, Marian Harkin concluded.