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Farmers Charter Monitoring Committee

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, announced today that he had appointed Mr. John Malone to act as the independent chairman of the Farmers Charter Monitoring Committee.  Mr. Malone is a former Secretary General of the Department.

The Farmers Charter Monitoring Committee will monitor

  • Progress towards achievements of payment/decision targets established under the Charter and Action Plan
  • Progress towards achievement and implementation of other targets established under this Charter and Action Plan
  • Standards of service in respect of schemes to which the Charter and Action Plan applies

The Committee comprises nominees of the main farming organisations and officials of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. The Minister said that the Department is fully committed to the delivery of a quality customer service and the Monitoring Committee plays an important role in ensuring the targets for the various schemes operated by the Department are achieved.

Minister Smith said that he is very pleased that Mr. Malone has agreed to chair this important group and that his long and valuable experience of Irish agriculture would be a great asset in this initiative.

Date Released: 19 May 2010