Rural and Community Development Minister Heather Humphreys today (Friday September 16) welcomed the return of the National Plowing Championships to County Laois next week after a hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This year’s event takes place in Ratheniska, from Tuesday, September 20 through Thursday, September 22. The Ministry of Rural and Community Development will be based in the ‘Our Rural Future – Supporting Communities’ display in the Irish Government Village.
Visitors will be able to meet staff and learn about the wide range of rural and community financial supports available.
There will also be information on Connected Hubs and the opportunities offered by remote working, services provided by the library network and water safety.
Visitors to the Irish Government Village will be able to speak directly with officials and get personalized insights into issues that affect them.
Welcoming the return of the National Plowing Championships, Minister Humphreys said: “Like so many across the country, I am really looking forward to attending the National Plowing Championships in County Laois.
“Ploughing is not only a wonderful sporting and commercial event, it is a fundamental and deeply valued part of the social fabric of rural Ireland.
“The absence of championships in recent years means that this year’s event is more anticipated than ever.
“The Championships provide me and my ministry with a fantastic opportunity to showcase the excellent work being done under the government’s ambitious rural development policy – ’Our Rural Future’ – and the range of financial supports we have available to support this work, which helps communities in rural Ireland to continue to grow and prosper,” she added.
The MEP also praises the plowing event
Meanwhile, a colleague of Minister Heather Humprehys and family farmer, MEP Colm Markey, spoke about the importance of National Plowing Championships.
The Irish government has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture by 25% by 2030.
Colm Markey told European journalist Georg von Harrach that this will be one of the main topics of conversation as farmers come together to see new technologies, discuss and see what lies ahead.
He said, “Farmers love to take the opportunity to see what’s new. Also the future direction of the industry and a lot of things that have happened since the last Labour.
“There’s a lot of shifting direction, energy security, food security and the challenges that people face with emissions, with the price of inputs like fertilizer and fuel.
“So there’s a lot going on and a lot of farmers are going to be looking for the innovations that will help them deal with these issues.”