Macra welcomes announcement of young farmer top-up/EU dairy package

Macra Annual conference a successful weekend

Macra na Feirme national president Seán Finan has welcomed the announcement of a top-up payment for young dairy farmers from the EU Commission aid package for the dairy sector.

  The announcement was made by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney at the opening ceremony of Macra’s annual conference in Cork last weekend.

  Macra called for the measure following the dairy forum organised by the Minister in September.

  Mr Finan, from Ballinlough, said: “Young farmers are worst effected and under the most pressure from the current pressure on milk price as some are heavily borrowed and in most cases they have not had the opportunity to build up their resources over the last few years that more established operators have and don’t have the means to deal with volatility that we are witnessing at the moment.

  “I welcome that a portion targeting young farmers and new entrants to dairying, who are among the most vulnerable in the current milk price drop, has been introduced.”

  The Macra annual conference took place from the October 23-26 in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork hosted by Muskerry Macra. Minister Simon Coveney officially opened the conference on Friday.

  EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan addressed the young farmers conference on Saturday. The theme of the conference was “Inspiration for this generation; taking the next step”.

  The conference was also addressed by the Mr  Finan and CEJA president Alan Jagoe.