IFA National Hill Farming Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has welcomed the announcement today by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring of 10 new walkways involving 238 farmers.
He said the addition of the routes in the National Walks Scheme will increase recreational tourism in peripheral areas.
“We want to see local development companies came forward with a further 30 walkways, to ensure that the extra €2m provided is fully utilised.”
IFA has consistently pointed out the value of this scheme, not just for farmers, but also to the wider rural community and economy.
He concluded by saying that some of the lands included would be considered marginal land and any opportunity to boost farm incomes is welcome.