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Minister Browne Welcomes Campaign To Encourage Wexford Farmers To Go Online

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, John Browne TD, welcomed the launch of a campaign by his Department to encourage County Wexford's farmers to use the online services of his Department.

Over the next three weeks, farmers in the county are being encouraged to register with the Department's online website, www.agfood.ie. Already over 700 farmers in Wexford have registered to use the website. Minister Browne said that using the website "farmers can use the site to register calf births, view details of their animals and animal movements and apply for Compliance Certificates anytime they like from the comfort of their homes. They can also complete and submit applications for their annual Single Farm Payments online now in advance of receipt of the application form and they can view their land maps and progress in processing their application".

Minister Browne advised farmers to drop in any day to the DVO at Enniscorthy where the staff will be only too willing to explain and demonstrate the online system to them. For those farmers who cannot get to the office during working hours an open evening is being held in its office in Enniscorthy on Wednesday, 12th March. As part of the campaign, a department mobile online registration unit will visit Enniscorthy mart on 4th, 6th 10th 11th and 12th of March.

Minister Browne continued that the website"offered farmers a faster and user-friendly way of transacting much of their business with his Department and that this was available 24 hours a day for 365 days a year". He went on to say: "My Department is committed to improving its operational systems so as to provide the farming industry with as modern, efficient and farmer-friendly a service as possible."

Date Released: 25 February 2008