Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Claire Kerrane TD, has called on Minister McConalogue to ensure appropriate supports are available for farmers, following the publication of Teagasc’s National Farm Survey 2022 results
The survey results showed that many family farms faced high input costs and fluctuating family farm income.
Speaking today, Teachta Kerrane said:
“The Farm Survey results show that family farms are facing challenges and uncertainty around incomes and costs that they can expect year on year.
“For example, the sheep sector saw average incomes fall by 21%, while average suckler farmers saw a 13% fall in income in 2022. This is compounded by increases in feed, fuel and fertiliser costs in the same year.
“We already know that appropriate supports are needed for family farmers, and the survey makes clear the need for action from government.
“Sinn Féin have proposed a €300 suckler payment per cow/calf pair and an increase to the Sheep Improvement Scheme of €18 per ewe.
“I have also repeatedly called for an emergency package for the sheep sector, which continues to go ignored.”
“It is important that the Minister recognises the significance of these survey results and put comprehensive measures in place to support the sustainability of family farms.