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
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
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.