Up to one in five young farmers forgotten – Naughten

In Agriculture by Denis Naughten

committee DailDenis Naughten TD has revealed that up to one in five farmers under the age of 40 fall into the category of a ‘forgotten farmer’ with low or no single farm payment entitlements.

‘Forgotten farmers’ are young farmers under the age of 40 that established their farm holding prior to 2008 and who qualified for no entitlements or low entitlements at best.

“The fact that such a large number of young farmers, some 4,000 based on a Department of Agriculture estimate, fall into this category will come as a surprise to many,” stated Denis Naughten.

“It also raises serious questions about the long term sustainability of farming on these holdings which need to be addressed in the interests of Irish Agriculture.

“I have raised the issue with Minister Coveney requesting that he immediately establish a working group of all the stakeholders in order to develop a strategy, not only to look at the entitlements issue but also other on farm supports for such a large number of young farmers.”