Budget 2012: Budget brings damaging cuts to beleaguered farming sector

Budget 2012 announced a number of changes that will affect farmers and those in the agricultural sector, with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan extolling the economic importance of "active, energeti

10th December, 2011
Budget 2012: Budget brings damaging cuts to beleaguered farming sector
There will be a number of cuts in the farming sector. Photo: Getty

Budget 2012 announced a number of changes that will affect farmers and those in the agricultural sector, with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan extolling the economic importance of "active, energetic and profitable farming" in his budget speech last Tuesday.

However, this positive message came against a backdrop of a 12.6 per cent drop in spending at the Department of Agriculture.

The department's slashed budget will mean a number of cuts in the farming sector, including a €30...

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