FF committed to supporting local farmers; Browne

Joe Burke of Bord Bia (centre) with Origin Green award-winning farmers Thomas and Paddy Redmond, Craanford. (Pic. agriland.e)

“Farmers in Wexford have experienced some of the worst years in the industry,” said Fianna Fáil TD and General Election candidate for Wexford, James Browne who says his party is committed to supporting Irish farmers in the South East.
He was commenting following the publication of Fianna Fáil’s proposals to create a sustainable agricultural sector. The party manifesto recognises the challenges faced by the sector and sets out a number of policies to protect and enhance it.
“Poor leadership and a lack of action has led to the crisis the farming community finds itself in. In March 2018, Fianna Fáil brought forward a motion to address the beef crisis. In it we set out a number of steps the government could take to address the problem”, said Deputy Browne.
“Fast forward to September 2019 and after a series of factory gate protests in the South East and nationwide, Fine Gael finally sat down with farmers and agreed on a number of measures, most of which were contained in the Fianna Fáil motion. The proposals we outlined then would have gone some way to helping the farmers who are on their knees now – but they were ignored by Fine Gael.
“Fianna Fáil will continue to put farmers best interests to the fore. We will deliver policies that will protect the 137,500 family farms across the country and secure a fair price for the primary producer. We will protect Ireland’s interests in CAP negotiations, work to ensure farming is a viable business and develop new market opportunities.
“We want to ensure a suckler cow payment of €200 per head and get access to international markets. Irish beef is a premium product, respected worldwide. It is important farmers receive a price that reflect this.
“Farmers in Wexford have experienced some of the worst years in the industry. We have limited land holdings and therefore cannot just change our model of farming.
“Problems in the sector are down to a hands-off approach by the government. There is a lack of leadership from the Minister for Agriculture and Fine Gael in this sector. It is clear we need a change,” concluded Deputy Browne. 

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