Broadband access an 'urgent' issue for young farmers
Published 02/09/2015 | 02:30
Half of the country's young farmers have little or no access to high speed broadband.
A survey of 295 farmers ahead of today's FBD Young Farmer of the Year awards explored issues impacting rural society, including debt, education levels and social attitudes.
Young farmers reported that 48pc were living in rural areas with poor broadband, while 5pc reported no access to broadband.
Macra president, Seán Finan said farmers now access a wide range of services online.
"Quality broadband is key to ensuring young farmers can access services online and to ensure they are in touch with the latest information that's available to them to help them to be the best at what they do within the farm gate," he said.
"I call on the government to prioritise the roll out of high speed broadband in rural Ireland as a matter of urgency".
Nine out of 10 young farmers reported they will be going to the ballot boxes to vote at the next general election.
It found a third attended a religious service weekly and a further fifth monthly, while more than six out of 10 feel that abortion should be legalised in Ireland.