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Youth farmers march in the capital today to raise agricultural and non-agricultural concerns

KILDARE: A 79km walk has begun to bring to the attention of the government agricultural and non-agricultural concerns that are holding back the future. Hundreds of people braved the inclement weather to set off from Macra na Feirme’s sundial monument in Athy, Kildare.

Macra na Feirme was founded in 1944. The 79-kilometre walk commemorates the organisation’s 79th anniversary. The march is being attended by young people from all over the country, including Cork. It will start in Athy and travel through Kilcullen, Naas, Kill, Newcastle, and Bluebell before reaching the Government Buildings at 1 p.m. today.

Dairy farmers and Macra na Feirme president John Keane led the march. Organisers said the march was for rural Ireland and the future of rural youth.

Farmers say that young farmers and villages in Ireland are facing various problems. The main issue is a lack of housing. Obtaining planning permission to build houses presents numerous challenges. Lack of transport facilities and a shortage of GPs are obstacles.

The TAMS quota is also a major issue in the agricultural sector. The government’s farm exit plan is also fundamentally flawed. As a result, the organisation claims that no young farmer will enter the field.

According to Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue, the government supports young farmers. The minister also announced that TAMS funding for new farmers has been increased by 50%.

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