Important meeting on Leitrim farming

The future of farming

Important meeting on Leitrim farming
By Fiona Heavey fiona.heavey@leitrimobserver.ie @Leitrimtoday

Leitrim IFA are holding an important meeting on the future of farming in the county this Thursday in Drumshanbo.

The four TDs from Sligo Leitrim along with councillors and public representative have been invited along with farmers of the county to discuss a number of burning issues amongst the community.

The main subject to be discussed at the meeting will be forestry and its impact on rural farming. Forestry has become a very vocal issue within the county recently.

Eddie Davitt who is representing Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon in the IFA Presidential Election told the Leitrim Observer, that forestry is impacting farmers across Connacht. He commented “you need planning permission for a small house, but you don't need it for trees that could grow up to 80-100 feet.”

Mr Davitt who says he represents “disadvantaged farmers” stressed he wants to see more “farmer friendly schemes” implemented.

Other issues that will be discussed at the IFA meeting includes an increase in disadvantage farming payments, the new suckler cow scheme, the introduction of a new sheep programme and implementation of GLAS.

The meeting will be held in the Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo on Thursday, June 2 at 9pm.