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Diversify away from dairy and beef, Greens tell farmers

The Green Party insists it is not anti-farming, but warns it will push for radical changes to the agriculture sector if, as looks possible, it gets into a coalition government this year

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Change afoot: The Green Party wants farmers to consider other options other than dairy and beef

Change afoot: The Green Party wants farmers to consider other options other than dairy and beef

Change afoot: The Green Party wants farmers to consider other options other than dairy and beef

The Green Party, buoyed by strong showings in European and local elections, as well as the recent by-elections, are tipped to make big gains as the general election looms.

Many commentators feel that the Greens could well be kingmakers when it comes to forming a government, with Fine Gael and Fianna Fail already courting them.

However, the main parties' historical bases in rural communities may be somewhat uneasy with such a marriage.