The battle for the farming vote in next month’s general election is well under way, with both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael critical of the Green Party’s plans for agriculture.

Politicians were putting up posters and knocking on doors around the country on Wednesday, even as protesting farmers descended on the Dáil.

Green Party spokesperson Pippa Hackett outlined her party’s intention to end some live exports and to review the nitrates derogation.

Outgoing Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed accused Fianna Fáil of “cosying up to the Greens”, but opposition agriculture spokesperson Charlie McConalogue slammed the Green’s proposals.