Macra President welcomes Taoiseach’s Famine comments

Macra na Feirme National President John Keane has this welcomed the comments made by Taoiseach Micheál Martin at Monday’s annual Famine Commemoration Ceremony in Strokestown.

Addressing a large gathering, the Taoiseach said the threat of famine still haunts millions of people worldwide, 175 years on from Ireland’s Great Hunger.

Mr. Keane said the comments represented a greater alignment with the concerns expressed by Macra on many platforms and in many forums including the Food Vision Dairy Group.

“In complete contrast the Department of Agriculture is recommending a reduction in output from the dairy sector while the Taoiseach says ‘the spectre of famine still haunts millions worldwide’,” Mr. Keane said.

“The proposals on cow reduction and on nitrogen reduction measures threaten Irish farmers’ ability to meet the needs of growing global demand for food production and indeed increased demand for dairy produce.

“While our Taoiseach speaks about playing our part in meeting the needs of the world, another element of Government seems determined to remove any future for young people in our agriculture sector. It is an inconsistent message,” Macra’s National President added.

“Macra na Feirme does not support any reduction scheme that further removes the opportunity for young people to run a family farm and live in rural Ireland”.