Bud­get cut­backs leave farm­ing at ‘cri­sis point’


Bray People - - News -

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.

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