Who is listening to Irish farmers, asks Kenny
Speaking in the Dáil today which heard statements on the EU Agriculture Ministers’ meeting, Martin Kenny, TD for Sligo Leitrim, said that Irish farmers still felt that no one was listening to them.
Deputy Kenny said:
“What farmers are saying to me is, who is looking after us? And it is very hard to answer that question when there are several sectors, pig meat, dairy and others in severe difficulty.
“The overall agenda needs to change and become focused on making the family farm a profitable enterprise. When the small farmer is making money the rural economy is vibrant, because they spend their money in the local community.
“The EU and our agriculture minister must recognise the vital stimulation that profitable food production can offer our deprived rural communities and support the family farm.”