Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has welcomed today’s announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, of plans for a new agri-environment scheme for the Burren.
“I am delighted that this new scheme will offer new five-year contracts to conservation-conscious farmers in the region from next year.
“It will focus specifically on the conservation of the unique farming landscape of the Burren in Clare.
“This approach offers a pioneering way of involving local communities and brings a new and exciting element to bear on agri-environment schemes.
“The Minister intends this scheme to build on the success of similar schemes piloted under the Burren LIFE Project (2005-2010) and the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme (2011-2015).”