A Kerry TD says he is disappointed with the number of Kerry farmers approved for a new pilot scheme.
Just under 34% of Kerry farmers who applied for the Results Based Environment Agri Pilot Programme (REAP) were accepted, well below the national average of almost 46%.
219 out of 648 applicants in Kerry were accepted into the REAP scheme.
Sinn Féin TD, Pa Daly said while it was welcome that extra places had been secured for farmers on the scheme, Kerry seems to have a significantly lower success rate than other counties.
Deputy Daly said the figures show that many Kerry farmers will remain locked out of the scheme for some time yet.
He said the lower acceptance rate in Kerry sends out the wrong signal especially given the next Common Agricultural Policy has a renewed focus on the environment.