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Survey of farmers at Carn Mart 22.09.08

FARMERS in Inishowen are "deeply concerned" about the long-term viability of farming in the peninsula.
That's according to Donegal Sinn Fein who conducted a survey of farmers' views outside Carndonagh Mart on Friday.
Speaking after conducting the survey, Sinn Féin candidate Sean Ruddy slammed the failure of the Government to put in place a strategy to ensure the future viability of farming in the region.
“Farmers incomes have declined over many years. Many people have left farming and young people do not often see a future in the sector," he said.
"A vibrant agriculture sector is vital to the future of Inishowen and to the west of Ireland as a whole however, farmers along the west coast of Ireland have long been deeply concerned about the
Sinn Féin Cllr Pádraig MacLochlainn and local party candidate Sean Ruddy conduct their survey outside Carn Mart.
long-term decline of farming," he added.
Following full analysis of the local survey, the results will form part of a report being compiled for the Oireachtas Agricultural Committee by Sinn Féin agriculture spokesperson Deputy Martin Ferris.
The local survey at Carndonagh Mart aimed to get the views of farmers on whether their situation has improved or worsened since the introduction of the single farm payment. It also asked whether they believed farmers in the west were disadvantaged when compared with the rest of the State.
Another question put the local farmers was whether they or family member would still be engaged in farming in ten years' time. They were also asked what they felt were the major issues currently facing Irish farmers and what were the major issues facing rural Ireland at the present time.
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