Farmers go back to school
FARMERS in North Leitrim are going back to school.
The aim is to improve income on, or off, the farm.
The Teagasc initiative includes the development of rural tourism projects.
Co-Ordinator Michael Tarmey said: "We want to give farmers the opportunity to put their ideas into practice."
A course designed to help improve family farm income started in Teagasc Manorhamilton last Thursday. It was opened by Peter Young of the Irish Farmers Journal. A series of workshops will be held over the next 4 weeks.
Michael said: "We hope to encourage rural families to examine their present farm practices and income.
"We will show how other rural families improved their viability."
Options include new land use with energy crops and food enterprises.
Teagasc Advisor Peter Mullen said: "The priority on many farms is to improve the technical performance of the enterprise.
"On others, there are opportunities to diversify and add value to farm output."
THE VEC, FAS and Leitrim LEADER will also contribute to the course.
The next workshop is on Thursday at 8pm.