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Over Six Thousand Farmers Received Job Seekers or Income Support Last Year

Figures released to the political party Aontú show that the number of farmers and agricultural workers in receipt of job seekers allowance or job seekers benefit has been reducing in recent years. 

Deputy Tóibín has said this may be due to a large number of farmers leaving the sector. Speaking today, the Aontú leader said:

"Farmers are being absolutely hammered in recent months - the input costs of farming have been spiralling out of control - from fertiliser to fuel, the costs are absolutely crippling. The output price for produce hasn't been increasing to the same rate. I've spoken to dozens of farmers who have left the sector, many are emigrating, and many are moving to the construction sector". 

Deputy Tóibín continued: "Nobody should be expected to work for a loss. Young people from rural areas are hitting for Australia in their droves. The image of a boarded up farm in a rural area is heart-breaking and highlights the failure of successive governments to support rural Ireland".

"There are factors such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which are outside of the government's control, but there is no excusing the likes of the carbon tax and the punitive measures taken by the government against farmers. Aontú was the only party to vote against the Climate Action Bill, and we did so because we believe that punishing farmers is not the way to tackle climate change", concluded Tóibín.



By Aontú Press | 19 October, 2022

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