A tractor protest, which is being organised by individual farmers that are not operating under the banner of any particular farm organisation, will take place later this month.
Organisers have said that their mission is to highlight the “plight of rural Ireland and to ensure that no illusions can be cast about how the demise of agriculture directly and adversely affects communities throughout Ireland”.
“The annihilation of the family farm sends destructive tremors through all other agricultural businesses and sectors which rural villages and towns are based upon.”
“We need guarantees now that sustain family farming and the economic existence of people outside of Dublin.”
The individual farmers are taking this form of actions so that the Government can “acknowledge the crisis that is facing so many of its citizens and actively plan to combat these issues”.
“Our aim is not to set up another farm organisation but to encourage all farm organisations to work for the following objectives.”
“The price paid for agricultural products, such as meat, milk and grain, must be sufficient to allow family farms to make a living from farming”
“The Beef Task Force needs to formally begin discussions and the injunctions, that are preventing it from meeting, need to be lifted immediately”
“Carbon tax is crippling so many businesses, secondary to agriculture, but primary to rural Ireland – contractors and hauliers. “We need recognition that the carbon tax collected should be re-allocated and spent to help reduce emissions rather than constant and long-term penalization.”
“We reflect the unity amongst the farming community but also the unwillingness to settle only for survival - we epitomize the dedication of rural Ireland to live again.”
Image credit: Jasper Nijland - photographer from the Netherlands