A report which was launched in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon last week aims to understand and address the challenges facing farmers.
Kieran Harrahill, a researcher with TASC – the think tank for action on social change – launched ‘The People’s Transition for Roscommon Farmers’.
The aim of this report was to understand the challenges facing farmers in the county alongside actions which could address these challenges – while also supporting climate justice.
In total, the authors of the report engaged with 95 farmers. There were a number of common themes discussed, including: The importance of farming to the economic and social life in Roscommon; The financial challenges facing farmers; The lack of power which farmers have over the price they receive for their produce; The challenge of keeping young people on the farm; The perception that farmers are disproportionately blamed for climate change; The lack of support provided to farmers from decision-makers.
In terms of solutions, the report presents the development of a wool processing hub and a grass biorefinery co-op as two solutions which could address challenges identified by farmers.