INHFA: ‘Jobs created in forestry costing jobs in rural communities’

A farming group in the North West says for every job created in forestry at least 8 are being lost in the local community.

Gerry Loftus, Forestry and Climate Change spokesperson with the Irish Natura and Hill-farmers Association says a different approach is needed to planting claiming the vast sitka spruce plantations are damaging.

Last week Minister Creed said farmers have to start planting for forestry to meet our EU emissions targets but he admitted that Leitrim has planted its fair share.

The Forest Service says Leitrim has generated the most jobs from forestry but Mr. Loftus says for every job created more are being lost because the issue is driving people out of local communities: