Ferris expresses concern over fall in Farm Income
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD has expressed concern over figures which show another sharp fall in farm income. Farm incomes have fallen by 30% since last year and follow another fall last year. Average income is now just €12,000, their lowest level since 1999.
Deputy Ferris said: “Irish farmers are facing a massive crisis that will drive many thousands more out of production. We are seeing a combination of the impact of the recession, cuts in the prices paid by the processors, and the cuts in Government programmes.
“Last week Minister Smith said that he is considering the report which I submitted to the Agriculture Committee two years ago. What he needs to do is to implement its recommendations which come from groups across the sector and who know what needs to be done in order not only to protect what we have at present but to positively utilise what is still our largest indigenous sector in order to stimulate growth.
“Instead this Government is applying the same austerity programme to farming as it is to the overall economy and the pressure on incomes is just one consequence of that negative attitude.” ENDS