Milk package must help young farmers

Milk package must help young farmers

 Any new measures introduced under the milk package at national level should be co-funded, innovative and young farmer proofed according to Macra na Feirme National President Sean Finan.  

His comments come following a discussion between EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan and young farmers at the CEJA General Assembly in Brussels last week.

 Because the previous milk package contained a young farmer top up of approximately €1,000, Mr Finan said it was essential that the new package had a similar targeted measure for young farmers who were feeling the brunt of the milk price crisis. 

“In terms of innovation, ring fencing a portion of the package for measures will drive efficiency and long term strategic change at farm level such as incentivising farmers to improve grazing infrastructure for grass measuring and soil testing which will pay dividends for farmer’s cost base,” he added.

 Macra is also calling for action on new and innovative credit arrangements for farmers that properly address the seasonality, volatile nature and the liquidity demands that are specific to farmers.  See this week’s Longford Leader for more!