Macra slams level of Government support
YOUNG farmers have been effectively thrown on the scrap heap by the Government through its failure to provide targeted support for them, Macra na Feirme has claimed.
Without support, young farmers cannot easily enter agriculture and establish long-term viable businesses, Macra president Michael Gowing insisted.
"The Government has removed key incentives for young farmers, and has failed to target additional supports for young farmers in new schemes such as the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme, thereby failing to support them in their choice of career," Mr Gowing said.
"The number of farmers under 35 has fallen below 7pc, which is a stark warning to the Government that it must do something to protect the future of agriculture in Ireland," he said.
Referring to the Food Harvest 2020 report, Mr Gowing said that unless young people were encouraged into the industry, the Government was making a mockery of the whole report.
"How can they proceed with the strategy for the future of agriculture if they will not secure the livelihoods of those who are the future of agriculture?" he asked.