RENUA Ireland WARNS GOVERNMENT MUST IMPROVE SUPPORTS FOR HILL FARMING
Dep. Billy Timmons
Wicklow RENUA Ireland TD Billy Timmins has said ''RENUA Ireland believes it is time to reverse the current policy on hill and sheep farming.
Hill farming has traditionally been a vital contributor to the maintenance of Irish mountainsides and valleys.
In recent years this has been actively discouraged by the state.
This hostility is difficult to understand according to Deputy Timmons.
He says that Hill farming is a centuries old practice which has to date not damaged the mountain landscape.
RENUA Ireland believes hill farmers should be allowed managed access to natural designation areas.
"This should be done in co-ordination with the National Parks and Wildlife Service" said Deputy Timmons.
"We believe conservation areas will benefit from appropriate grazing by sheep.
"Such a decision will also improve Ireland's sheep industry.
"In particular access to commonage by farmers will reduce input costs for lamb production.
"RENUA Ireland will therefore prioritize the re-opening of Irish mountains to Irish hill farmers in an environmentally sustainable manner".