MACRA Calls On Agri Minister For Clarity On Plans To Address Forgotten Farmers

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Macra is calling on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue to clarify his plans to address the forgotten farmer issue and to honour his promise that these farmers will receive the support that they have missed out on.

The current Programme for Government also includes a commitment to address the issue.

Macra national president Elaine Houlihan says ‘it is now nearly sixteen years since some of these farmers started their farming careers and that the mistakes around the removal of Common Agricultural Policy(CAP) supports have not been rectified.”

The farming leader based in Kilmallock county Limerick, says the Minister gave assurances at previous Macra Conferences that the ‘Forgotten Farmers’ issue will not be left unresolved and that a scheme was forthcoming.

The “Forgotten Farmers” are a group of farmers who lost out following the removal of young farmer supports such as Installation Aid due to cuts in public expenditure by the Government following the financial crash.