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Wednesday 22 November 2017

In brief: Majority believe recession will last 3 years

Over half (55.4pc) of farmers polled have registered for the online version of the Animal Identification and Movements System (AIMS) on the Department of Agriculture website. Of the farmers who have not yet registered, 30.2pc were not aware of the online system; 16.3pc prefer the old blue book system and 11.6pc do not have internet access. The remaining 42pc intend to register for the online system.

Just over half (52.8pc) of the young farmers surveyed are members of a discussion group. Of those, the vast majority described discussion groups as 'beneficial' (40.09pc) or 'very beneficial' (54.5pc).

Party coalition government is not flavour of the month with young farmers, according to the survey. Over half (54.3pc) of farmers would like to see a change of government before the end of the year. However 28.4pc would not like to see the government change and 17.3pc are undecided.

When asked how long they though the recession would last, 53.7pc of people said longer than three years, 26.8pc said less than three years, 17.1pc said less than two years and 2.4pc said less than one year.

Almost two-thirds (62.5pc) of those surveyed have not yet inherited the farm they work. Of those who have already inherited a farm, 61.1pc said the experience of inheriting land was not a divisive issue. However, 33.3pc said inheritance was a divisive issue and 5.6pc said it was very divisive.

When asked if the provision of quality, accessible broadband in rural areas was a myth or reality, 56.6pc said it was a myth, while 43.4pc said it was a reality. When using the internet, almost two-thirds (63.8pc) of farmers use social networking sites such as Facebook.

President Mary McAleese can rest assured that the young farmers surveyed are in favour of keeping her in Aras an Uachtarain. When asked if the role of President of Ireland was needed, 67.9pc of those surveyed said Yes, while 21pc said No; 11.1pc were undecided.

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