If the future of Ireland farming is to continue and progress, we as a country and its institutions must do more to assist those currently to the business. It is clear previously the farming industry has been let down by political representation. With the better use of Participatory Democracy at national and more local levels, such poor representation could be greater addressed quicker before greater damage is done or allowed to further continue.
To new younger farmers too, a future prospect of Participatory Democracy being able to assist and address matters better according to their individual needs, could be a strong persuading factor for them to decide, to remain within the industry. Remaining there, they might then also further seek to enhance it. Even here, the use of Participatory Democracy can like other factors, give them that opportunity.
It is clear that a number of still ongoing issues for a new generation of young farmers, has yet to be resolved successfully through better political representation – or in some cases, even yet to be even addressed. With Participatory Democracy putting those lacking in their roles, to do what’s right, such issues can be further tackled by new generations quicker.
We have simply got to acknowledge that there are other issues that a new generation of farmer’s face. These issues include access to formal greater novel training and through also greater financial assistance which needs to be addressed. The state assisting in many ways, young farmers to choose agriculture as a life career, is in the long run, aiding itself to greater self-sustainability, economic sustainability and help preserving a lifestyle that adds to the cultural identity of the state.
There is many a decent community worker or local representative that would like the opportunity to assist the present generation of farmers and associated secondary/tertiary levels of industry, to not only continue but be enhanced.
This can only come about by addressing now, the future generations farmer issues that include financial, land, equipment aspects and more. Farming generation issues where in conflict with government taxation and instituted procedural matters, should be greater addressed and resolved also. The first part to solving a problem, is the willingness to recognise there is one and then address it. We repeat ourselves again but this is vital. In research done, by many direct conversations and other communications, it is plain that there is a lot more to be done and also resolved. It must be recognised that the eventual ‘winner’ of such actions would be both to an individual and to the state they reside in. It’s a win-win situation. Why reject it?