Minister asked to drop proposed new stock density rules

The Agriculture Minister is being urged to withdraw plans to change the qualification rules for the Disadvantage Area Scheme by increasing the stocking density required.

Deputy Charlie McConalogue says it's unfair to force Donegal farmers to extra stock onto their land given the recent wet weather.

This week the European Commission has already agreed to bring forward 50 per cent of the annual payment to farmers under the Common Agricultural Policy.

Donegal North Deputy McConalogue says farmers in this county need all the help they can get........