Protecting farm income is budget priority - Martin Kenny TD
Sinn Féin agriculture spokesperson Martin Kenny TD has said that the priority of the upcoming budget must be to protect farm incomes.
Speaking following his party’s launch of its alternative budget today, Deputy Kenny said:
“We have included provision for an additional suckler cow support payment of €40 per cow, with the aim of bringing that up to €200 per cow in the coming years.
“We also made provision for an increase in the Sheep Welfare Scheme of €5 recognising that it is sheep farmers who often operate in areas of most serious natural constraints.
“On ANCs too, Sinn Féin proposes restoration of rates to pre-2008 levels with, most importantly, the preservation of mountain-type land as a designation after the forthcoming review.
“An increase of tax credits for the self-employed to €1,400, would also benefit farmers and remove the discrimination which exists between self-employed and PAYE workers.
“Increased funding for farm safety promotion and prevention, additional investment in flood relief works and a funding allocation of €4 million for the Walks Scheme to boost rural tourism are other measures included in the Sinn Féin budget.
“There is also provision for Brexit support and €150,000 is allocated to research on the impact of Brexit on rural areas, especially in the border region.
“I encourage farmers and other rural dwellers to read the Sinn Féin budget: On Your Side, where you will find more details of almost 1,000 measures designed to improve the lot of ordinary people who have yet to see economic recovery and need a break."