Aontú South Down Candidate Paul Brady stated:

“We look to support the sustainability of family farms. We advocate for the creation of new local markets and local Co-ops for farm produce, which would give farms more control vis-à-vis the processor and supermarket giants. This will help farmers beat the broken wholesale system which leaves farmers dependant on factory’s whims.

“The creation of local markets will also help to increase the footfall in our local towns, which is much needed to help the survival of many shops and businesses in rural areas. We look to increase support and subsidies for new organic farming.

“We wish to promote and monitor the growing of new cash crops that are organic and environmentally friendly by farmers.

“Aontú believes in looking after our local environment. We hope to work together with local people to strenghten biodiversity, including small, but important steps, such as increasing the bee populations. We aim to promote better awareness of the dangers of pesticides, while advocating for provision of information and funding for crop protection alternatives to pesticides.

“Aontú is fully committed to doing our bit to help the environment in South Down and to promote the use of green renewable energy.”