That’s according to Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae who has called on Kerry County Council to write to the Department of Agriculture on the matter.
The Green Cert is a prerequisite requirement which enables access to a number of grants and subsidies.
Cllr Healy Rae told the monthly meeting of Kerry County Council that young Kerry farmers – who have emigrated – are “at a disadvantage”.
This is he said, because they cannot complete the Green Cert while abroad, with a view to coming home.
Cllr Healy-Rae said if the Green Cert could be completed online, it would help entice young farmers to move home – adding “sure these days, you could nearly become a doctor online”.
Cllr Dan McCarthy seconded the motion, saying that it would be worth considering, “if it would help bring even five farmers back home to Kerry”.