President of the IFA Tim Cullinan said that the Government needs to take serious action in order to combat low farm incomes.

“These figures are unsustainable and serious action is needed. The new Government needs to grab a hold of this. Farmers are not getting a fair price for their produce,” he said.

“The average income on suckler farms was less than €10,000, for beef finishers it’s €13,893, with the sheep average being €14,604 and tillage incomes fell 15% to €34,437.”

The Government has to insist on a CAP budget to cover inflation

He pointed out that overall the average farm income was €23,467, which was well below the average industrial wage, with direct payments making up 77% of incomes.

“The Government has to insist on a CAP budget to cover inflation and any extra requirements being asked of farmers. The proposed new food ombudsman has to bring full transparency to the entire chain,” he said.

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