The Land Mobility Service Annual Report is available
here for download
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 provision of core funding by FBD Trust has been the single most important factor in getting this service off the ground. In addition the logistical and financial support of the three pilot area co ops together with support from the farming community, Teagasc , the Irish Farmers Journal, and the Department of Agriculture have been key to the success of the Service.
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
- To create awareness and provide information
- To deliver arrangements
- 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 www.landmobility.ie
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What is The Land Mobility Service?
The Land Mobility Brokerage Service, based in the Farm Centre, is not about more studies but instead providing a service to facilitate workable arrangements. The fundamentals of the service are:
- To provide information
- To outline and explore options
- To act as an honest broker
- To provide a confidential service facilitating land mobility
- To work with farmers’ existing professional advisers
The “Honest Broker” element is particularly important in that all parties will be fully respected and in particular the rights of the land owner.
The purpose of the service is to facilitate collaborative arrangements tailored to suit any
specific situation. These arrangements may be as simple or as complex as desired. They must be workable for all parties involved and can be within or outside the family or a combination of both. In many cases it is envisaged that the arrangements will evolve over
time, to help develop dynamic, progressive, and profitable farm operations.
Advantages of Collaboration
Collaboration has a long tradition in rural Ireland, just look at co ops and neighbours helping each other at the harvest. Collaboration provides both social and financial benefits. Identified benefits of collaboration include
- Improved economies of scale leading to increased profits
- Increased leisure time
- Better social and family life
- Improved work environment and reduced work load
- Reduced stress through shared decisions and companionship
- Improved farm safety
- Reduced investment risk and better decision making
- More efficient use of fixed costs
- Operational farms have higher economic, social and environmental value
- Improved use of skills and specialisations
- Expansion, succession planning and farm progression facilitated
In spite of the benefits and the availability of both templates and working examples the level of collaborative arrangements operating in Ireland is low. This can be attributed to CAP reform and uncertainty associated with Single Farm Payment (SFP) entitlements, a lack of information and awareness, and land title security concerns.
Structured collaborative arrangements are a relatively new concept in Ireland and have a lot to offer.