50% of tillage farmers are not happy with current farm body representation
Published 08/11/2016 | 09:10
A new survey by the Irish Grain Growers Association shows that the majority of tillage farmers are not happy farming organisations and the representation of tillage farming
In a survey of almost 300 tillage farmers, 50pc said they were not happy with the current representation farming organisations offer them.
The survey, by the Irish Grain Growers Association, also shows that almost 90pc would consider joining a farming body that would solely represent tillage farmers.
Over 65pc of the tillage farmers surveyed said they were not optimistic for the future of the sector and within that number 35pc said they were 'fearful' for the future.
Almost 50pc said they would be interested in a return of a sugar beet sector to the country, while there was a very even split on genetically modified crops being introduced to Ireland - with 33pc saying yes, 34pc saying no and 32pc saying they were unsure.
The survey also found that over 50pc of tillage farmers would be interested in joining a tillage-based co-op for the buying and selling of produce, while just 30pc said they saw a future for machinery rings in Ireland.