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Would you like to milk the dole?
The Irish Farmers Journal can exclusively reveal that a new programme is to target social welfare recipients to work on dairy farms.
This programme aims to address the labour shortage in the dairy sector and could see some participants earn up to €5,000 without affecting their current level of social welfare payments
With average dairy farm incomes predicted to reach €80,000 this year, the shortage of workers for expanding farms has hit crisis levels.
This initiative is aimed at people who are currently out of work, or are working part-time, or who are currently farming full-time but want to earn extra money.
This radical new plan is to be launched in mid-August – piloted in Waterford and Kilkenny initially. If successful, the programme will then be rolled out nationally in September.
People who have no skills or experience of farm work will be trained up and placed on farms.
Thanks Jamie Leonard