Farm income up by 28pc but still well below national average
NEW FIGURES show the average farm income increased by 28pc last year but stands at only €18,000 -- well below the national average, according to the Irish Farmers Association (IFA).
The latest CSO figures show the 2010 increase can be mostly attributed to a 12.2pc rise in goods output.
The leader of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association, Gabriel Gilmartin, said he was glad to see the increase and proud to see the agri- sectors growth.
However, he added that 2009 was an especially appalling year for farm incomes and added while average incomes levels were up, they were only repairing the damage done in previous years.
Mr Gilmartin and IFA president John Bryan both stressed that support, such as the single farm payment and the farm schemes, continued to be crucial for farm families and made up a very significant proportion of net farm income.