Day of Action gets thumbs-up, but concern at public reaction
More than two-thirds of farmers support the IFA Day of Action scheduled for October 9 -- but more than 40pc believe the protest will be viewed negatively by the public.
A survey of 604 farmers conducted by the Farming Independent at last week's National Ploughing Championships in New Ross found that 68pc supported the protest.
However, 16pc of farmers said they were against the Day of Action, while a further 16pc said they were undecided on the move.
The Day of Action will involve farmers withholding the sale of produce for a single day.
A major farmer demonstration in Dublin is also scheduled for the day.
The IFA said the protest aimed to highlight a range of farmer grievances including the difficult harvest, problems in getting higher prices for produce from supermarkets and fears over the current CAP reform proposals.
Speaking at the Ploughing Championships last week, IFA president John Bryan claimed there was strong support among farmers and across the agri-business sector for the Day of Action.
While the results of the Farming Independent survey supported this assertion, they also highlighted fears that taking farmers on to the streets of the capital might provoke a negative reaction among the general public.