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Minister Coveney launches Land Mobility Service Annual Report

21 January 2016
Minister Coveney launches Land Mobility Service Annual Report
The 2015 Annual Report of the Land Mobility Service was launched last Thursday in Buswells Hotel by Minister Simon Coveney. The Service, established to facilitate land mobility, has now completed its second full year of activity, based in three pilot areas it has amassed 360 clients and delivered 138 arrangements to date.
The Service was established by Macra na Feirme with the financial support of FBD Trust, Aurivo, Dairygold and Glanbia.
The Service has demonstrated that with dedicated independent expertise farmers can be facilitated to enter into new collaborative arrangements leading to a better return for both the farmer and the landowner.
The Service has three key functions:
1. To create awareness and provide information
2. To deliver arrangements
3. To support existing arrangements
The Service proved its effectiveness in three pilot areas and is now going nationwide. The location of arrangements delivered shows that where support was most available the level of delivery was highest.
Long leases has proven to be the most popular arrangement but the spread of other arrangement types highlights the need for a range of effective options.
Programme Manager Austin Finn commented that the Service is making a real difference at farm level helping people find solutions in dealing with a range of difficulties. He added that the independent expert nature of the Service together with its ability to provide correct and relevant information has been very important for farmers and land owners.
The Service has proven its need and benefit, and demonstrated that its presence facilitates the delivery of sustainable progressive farming arrangements. In response to demand the Service has moved  towards national delivery including the employment of an additional facilitator and the establishment of a national facility to match people to opportunities.
The Annual Report and other information can be viewed at
If you would like a copy of the report or would like to avail of the Services expertise simply e mail