Farm inspections system must be reformed – Kenny
Making a statement to the Dáil today on Agriculture, Sligo Leitrim TD Martin Kenny said that the system of farm inspections must be reformed.
Deputy Kenny said:
“The stress that farmers are under financially is exacerbated by the stress they are under due to inspections. Inspections are run in such a way as to suggest that they are not about improving standards or modifying behaviour for the better, but to intimidate and discourage farmers.
“The inspection should not resemble a police raid. There is no one saying that standards should not be maintained or that anyone should be allowed to lower the high standards of Irish farming, but a more co-operative and constructive regime would benefit everyone but for some reason Minister, your department prefers the heavy hand to the helping hand.
“Now that negotiations for government are near their completion, I would hope that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael would recognise the hardship that this imposes on the farming community and that reform of the system will be part of the new programme for government.”