Budget cutbacks leave farming at ‘crisis point’
GROWING ANGER AVERAGE AGRICULTURAL INCOME DOWN TO €17,500
BUDGET CUTBACKS in the farming industry must be reversed according to members of Wicklow County Council.
Calling for a suspension to the agenda at Monday’s meeting Cllr. Sylvester Bourke informed fellow councillors of the outrage and concern voiced by the farming commu- nity at a recent meeting in the county.
‘The industry has been hit very hard and on average incomes have reduced to € 17,500 which is disproportionate to the rest of society. I am calling on members to write to the Minister for Agriculture and highlight this. There should be a row back as with other issues,’ he said.
Cllr. Jim Ruttle agreed that farmers got nothing out of the Celtic Tiger years and now they are the people losing their grants and incentive schemes in difficult times.
‘This is sending a very negative message which we must protest against,’ said Cllr. Ruttle.
‘This is a dangerous road to go down.
‘Farming has reached crisis point as it is full of old people. The abolition of the installation grants galls me. It is unforgivable.
‘This was something that encouraged young people into the industry,’ agreed Cllr. Christopher Fox.