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Thursday 22 February 2018

Macra na Feirme starts consultation process to develop new strategy

Outgoing President of Macra Sean Finan. Photo: Damien Eagers
Outgoing President of Macra Sean Finan. Photo: Damien Eagers
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

Macra na Feirme’s strategic planning process is due to begin at the end of January and will set out the key areas of focus, broad areas of activity and priorities for the organisation over the next five to seven years. 

According to Macra, it will involve a significant level of consultation and engagement with members, associate members, sponsors, funders and other stakeholders.

it said that it had appointed a consultancy team jointly led by Ciaran Lynch of Community Engagement Partners and Dr.Pat Bogue of Broadmore Research to support the organisation in developing a long term strategic plan.

For members of the organisation, there will be four consultations around the country. All Macra members and patrons are encouraged to attend a consultation close to them.

Past members are also welcome to attend.

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Macra na Feirme Chief Executive Denis Duggan said, "As we approach the 75th anniversary of the foundation of our organisation, it is important to reflect on all that Macra na Feirme has achieved since 1944. It is also important to think about where we are going and how we will maintain relevance as a young farmer and youth organisation in the 21st century.

"Macra na Feirme has always been a strong voice for rural Ireland but I believe with a strategic plan we can be even stronger. There are huge pressures on the youth of Ireland today. It is vital that Macra na Feirme continues to be a voice and foundation for their personal development. We expect to have our strategic plan completed by May 2017  which will chart a course for organisation over the coming years."

Macra na Feirme President Sean Finan said external factors such as Brexit make agriculture an increasingly volatile industry for young farmers to operate in.

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"Therefore it is more important than ever for young farmers to have their voice heard nationally and in Europe and it is up to Macra na Feirme to be that strong voice for Irish young farmers and rural youth.

"To that end, I believe this strategic plan will set out a viable roadmap for our organisation in the coming years so that we can continue to work and fight for the needs of our young farmers and rural youth. It will also aid us in developing the future leaders of communities and the agriculture industry in Ireland."

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