Macra na Feirme’s Land Mobility Programme continues to grow in strength since the pilot was launched in 2014.
A report released today shows that the programme has facilitated 521 arrangements, that has resulted in 47,000 acres being farmed in collaborative arrangements between younger trained farmers and landowners.
The programme was designed to facilitate farm partnerships, shared farming and long-term leasing.
As part of the report, the programmes client profile shows
- 45% of those participating are landowners looking to step back
- 29% are expanding operators
- 26% are new and potential operators
The IFA/Macra na Feirme/Pat Bogue Study of 2012 found that 46% of full-time farmers had no identified farming successor.
Announcing the findings of the 2019 report, Macra na Feirme National President Thomas Duffy said, “The fact that the service has provided facilitation for more than 500 arrangements is a testament to the hard work of a great many people, the value of the service in terms of generational renewal and opportunities for young farmers cannot be underestimated.”
He also thanked the financial supporters FBD Trust and dairy cooperatives, the Meat Industry, Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture, of which he said have “ensured its success throughout the country.”
He continued, “Although farm succession remains a major issue in the industry, this report has found that the Land Mobility Programme is having a positive impact in that regard. The report found that 80% of arrangements involved a trained farmer under 40 with collaboration delivering a 65% increase in production on average. On average two people were gainfully employed while three people were getting an income per farm.”
Launching the report today, Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine said “I commend the Land Mobility Service for their work in the area of land mobility and collaborative farming.
“I look forward to continuing to work with them and the other stakeholders involved to ensure the ongoing structural development of the agriculture sector,” he concluded.
Arrangements by type
- Farm to farm (contract rearing, contract production) – 81 farms
- Share Farming – 118 farms
- Partnerships – 99 farms
- Long leases – 99 farms