Comment: Farmers need a good deal

The IFA’s ‘Day of Action’ saw 20,000 farmers on Kildare Street last Tuesday, voicing their anger and frustration after what has been a difficult year.

The IFA’s ‘Day of Action’ saw 20,000 farmers on Kildare Street last Tuesday, voicing their anger and frustration after what has been a difficult year.

Last week’s protest comes at a critical juncture for the farming sector with negotiations on the CAP budget coming to a head in Brussels in the next two months.

In this context the organisers of the march were sending a clear message to the Government and the public - namely that farming can deliver recover and jobs to the country, but only with the right policies and supports in place.

IFA President, John Bryan hammered home the statistics, highlighting the 300,000 jobs and €9 billion in exports.

The securing of a full CAP Budget and a rural development package is seen as critical for the sector to continue to prosper.

The IFA also point out that budget cuts to farm schemes have been totally disproportionate, with low-income farmers taking the brunt.

They have called on the Government to improve competitiveness and not erode with stealth taxes on vital inputs, such as fuel.

Forming the backbone of the economy the farmers concerns need to be listened to and acted upon.