02 Dec 2021

Calls for Farm Assistance programme for Longford farmers

Offaly Macra na Feirme Notes (September 18)

Offaly Macra na Feirme Notes (September 18)

Macra na Feirme is calling for a Farm Assistance Programme to be established for 120,000 farmers as part of its pre-budget submission.

“There is an extraordinary need to address the health, safety and wellbeing of farmers through training, education and innovation,” Macra na Feirme National President James Healy said.

“The provision of a Farmer Assistance Programme can provide farmers with the practical assistance and emotional support they require in order to take proactive measures in times of crisis.

“This assistance programme would cover a full spectrum of issues such as stress management and resilience, work-life balance and effectiveness, wellness, conflict resolution and financial planning.

“It is envisaged that the programme would have various avenues available for farmers to engage with the service, including helplines and one-to-one discussions to assist them in dealing with challenges they may be facing.”

Other measures proposed in the submission include the removal of a current anomaly whereby a farm house transferred separately from other agricultural assets does not qualify for agricultural relief and also the introduction of tax relief on the leasing of farmland between family members.

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.