Despite rise in some farm incomes, many are still struggling, says Donegal IFA official

IFA farm officials say the overall increase in farm incomes is positive but that it does not take from the ongoing vulnerability of the majority of Irish farmers.

According to the Preliminary Results of the Teagasc National Farm Survey 2020, the national average farm income has increased from €23,600 in 2019 to €25,663 in 2020, representing an increase of 9% in farm incomes.

Average farm incomes remained static or decreased for many sectors in 2020. Tillage incomes fell by 1%, while cattle rearing remained unchanged. Sheep income grew by 24%, those in the cattle other grew by 8%, and dairy experienced growth of 13%.

Brendan McLoughlin is the IFA chairman in Donegal he says that many farming sectors are struggling to remain viable.