IFA: Farmers will not accept agriculture cutbacks

The Irish Farmers Association has warned the Government that its members will not accept the cutbacks in agriculture announced in last week's budget.

Around 1,500 farmers turned out in Claremorris, Co Mayo, last night for the first in a series of meetings to discuss the cuts.

The IFA says 60,000 farmers on low incomes will be hit by reductions in Disadvantaged Areas Payments and the Suckler Welfare Scheme.

IFA president Padraig Walshe says farmers will turn out in huge numbers to let politicians know how they feel if the changes are not reversed.

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