A Carlow County Councillor has predicted that there will be no farmers left in the county in the next ten years, as fewer young people farm the land.
Cllr. Tom Kinsella said that the recent election canvass trail has thrown up a depressing observation of the farming community.
It's hard to find one full time farmer under the age of 50 in Carlow,' he said, adding that there didn't appear to be any interest at Government level about the dwindling number of small farms.
There are more rules and regulations in farming all the time. If you have one hen you have to have it registered. One cow, and you have to have it tagged. I don't think there are as many regulations for humans,' he said.
We have already lost the best industry we had with beet production. Farmers can't sell sheep in Ireland any more. They are importing sheep from Brazil and selling it as Irish.'
There won't be any farmers in Carlow in a few years,' Cllr. Kinsella said.
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