IFA President Tim Cullinan
IFA President Tim Cullinan said recent comments by Minister Hackett that farmers having to go ‘part-time’ because of reduced payments should ‘be welcomed’ is an astonishing position.
The reality is that many farmers are forced to work off farm because of the drop in their incomes arising from reduced direct payments.
Tim Cullinan said this would be a shocking comment from anybody, never mind a Minister in the Department of Agriculture. The Minister is effectively celebrating the fact her policies are making farming unviable.
“The Minister is correct that ‘part-time’ farmers should be supported. Many of these farmers are actually working more than 40 hours on their farms, but also have to work off farm in order to survive,” he said.
“The Minister has now revealed the real Green agenda which is to destroy farmer viability,” he said.
“This comes on top of the actions of Green MEP Ciaran Cuffe writing to the banks asking them not to lend to young farmers. It shows they are completely hostile to anyone trying to make a living from farming,” he said.
“Minister McConalogue must clarify immediately if he too feels we should ‘welcome’ the destruction of farm viability,” he said.
IFA Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden said direct payments make up a huge percentage of drystock farmers’ incomes.
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