A Mayo TD claims farmers in the West of Ireland are being left behind in the Government's REAP scheme.

The Results Based Environment-Agri Pilot Project, as it's envisaged, excludes farmers with commonage and mountain grassland - even though commonage was included in all previous Agri-Environmental schemes.

That's according to Sinn Fein TD Rose Conway-Walsh who recently raised her concerns with the Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue.

The Mayo TD says there can be no degradation of payments made on commonage and mountain-type land in the new CAP budget.

She's also calling on the Minister to engage with farmers in relation to designations.

Deputy Conway-Walsh outlined her concerns to Midwest News...