Strategic plan for Macra’s future direction to be developed this year

Macra na Feirme will be putting a strategic plan in place in 2017, setting out the future direction of the young farmers’ organisation, National President Sean Finan has said.

In his Christmas and New Year message, he said that the plan will allow Macra to plan for the development of the organisation over the next few years.

In 2016, he said that the organisation made huge advances with its land mobility service, and has taken positive steps with initiatives such as the Young Farmer Skillnet training programme, which provides further training opportunities for young farmers and Macra na Feirme members.

“Our rural youth committee continues to work on issues such as the health and wellbeing of young people and rural youth policy.

“The competitions’ committee continues to develop many competitions on the busy Macra na Feirme calendar. 2017 promises to be another hectic and action-packed year,” he said.

Along with other farming organisations, it will commence discussions on its policy for CAP post-2020 early in the new year, the President said.

Finan also said that it will continue to develop policy and lobby on young farmer and rural youth issues.

“We will also roll out a nationwide land mobility service and elect a new National President and Vice-Presidents.

“Macra na Feirme provides young people with a chance to get involved in a club or young farmer development group at local and national level.

“With our diverse range of activities and events, and whether you are looking to aid your personal development or just to meet new people and have a good time, there is something for everyone in Macra na Feirme.”