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Thursday 29 June 2017

'Selling not an option for most people': Teagasc

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

Do you believe your family think it is acceptable to sell farmland?

It's just one of the many thought-provoking questions being asked on the issue of land mobility by Dr David Meredith from Teagasc's Rural Economy Development programme.

"The answers we're getting back is people will consider renting it out on a short-term basis, or they may consider leasing it out on a longer-term basis," the researcher said. "In general, selling any land is not an option that most people who might inherit a farm will consider."

Dr Meredith, whose research into those who have recently inherited or will one day take over a farm is in the early stages, said most people say they are aware of other farmers who have sold land.

He said many appeared "broadly supportive" of the sale of farmland. However, the answers change when people are specifically questioned over whether their own family would part with land. "We're all supportive of the idea that farmland will be sold but we're not going to do it," he said.

"I suppose the equivalent of it is something like speed limits, we all know it is a good idea. Similarly land mobility is good as long as someone else is selling."

Teagasc is currently seeking responses from people who have inherited land over the past 18-months or those who may one day take over the family farm.

The survey is available online www.surveymonkey.com/r/FutureOfFarming

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