ICSA rural development chair Tim Farrell has welcomed concessions on the eco-scheme following a lot of negotiations with the Department of Agriculture and the Minister. “ICSA has argued strongly that the original proposals on the eco-scheme were unachievable for many farmers, and we sought changes. Today we are relieved to see some additional options as well as improvements on the original five options proposed. This means that many farmers will find full payment under the eco-scheme much more achievable now. It was clearly wrong that many farmers would have lost out as was likely under the original proposal.