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14 Aug 2022

Young farmers will deliver emissions reduction not farmer bashing.

Macra na Feirme claims young farmers are frontline environmentalists

Farming

Farmers will deliver emissions reduction with improved grass utilisation

Young farmers have consistently come forward to outline how they will step up to constructively drive emissions reduction from the agricultural sector according to a statement from Macra na Feirme President, John Keane. 

Keane has explained that so-called "farmer bashing" from certain sections of the environmental lobby will do nothing to deliver results in lowering emissions from agriculture.  


“There is a pathway forward based in sound science and with solutions that are practical to implement on farms across the country. The measures in the Teagasc Marginal Abatement Cost Curve (MACC) and those to come will deliver for the agriculture sector. Young farmers are delivering emissions reductions on farm for many years, measures that include improved breeding, reduction in fertiliser application and improved grass utilisation on farm”, the Macra president highlighted. 


Mr Keane emphasises how young farmers are frontline environmentalists, what is needed is significant investment in technology and succession pathways for young people to develop as active farmers. The real issue to tackle in the emissions discussions is to increase the number of young people actively farming.  


“Currently there are more farmers on walking sticks over the age of 80 than there are under the age of 35. More active farmers under 35 will drive emissions reductions and improve farm practices. Investment is needed by the government in improved farm practices and tangible pathways to farm succession for young people,” concluded Keane.   

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