Kerry TD calls on Department of Agriculture to address green cert backlog

Young farmers ‘trying to get going’ in the agricultural industry are ‘down on their knees’.

That’s according to Independent Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae who raised the issue of green certs recently in the Dáil.

Deputy Healy-Rae said it was necessary to lower the age profile of the farming community in order to ‘vitalise’ the sector.

During Leader’s Questions, he asked Taoiseach Enda Kenny if the Department of Agriculture is going to address the backlog of young farmers trying to get into agricultural colleges to obtain green certs:

Responding to Deputy Healy-Rae, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Ireland was one of the leaders in the export of food of quality and integrity.

He said the Department of Agriculture and Minister Michael Creed were anxious to ensure young farmers get every assistance possible: