Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Clare Rita McInerney is hosting a public meeting next Monday, 2nd December.

Guest speakers on the night include Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Horticulture & Food and Senior Economist with Teagasc Trevor Donnellan.

McInerney said, “Farmers across Clare are facing an uncertain future as prices remain volatile and costs continue to rise. Beef farmers in particular have been finding it exceptionally difficult; steer prices remain precarious, and we are still waiting for all of the reforms agreed in the beef agreement to come about.

“It’s been over three months since that beef sector deal was agreed by seven of the national farm organisations and Meat Industry Ireland, but to date the Minister for Agriculture has failed to get the taskforce up and running. This is extremely disappointing for farmers in Clare.

“Not only are farmers struggling with low prices, the cost of insurance is going through the roof. This is putting a major strain on farm family, with many genuinely struggling to stay afloat.

“The agri sector is also in the midst of a transition towards a more environmentally friendly way of doing business. Many farmers have been engaging for years in green agri-schemes and are now looking at other ways to adapt to minimise climate change.

“We need to end the false thinking that agri-development and climate action are inherently in conflict in a ‘zero-sum game’. We should be charting a different course for farming, one which recognises that safeguarding biodiversity, improving sustainability and diversifying incomes can better protect farmers who are at the frontline.

“I am looking forward to an engaging and enlightening meeting, which will give farmers the opportunities to discuss the issues facing them in their everyday lives and look at ways in which we can work together to improve the situation for farmers and their families”, concluded McInerney.