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Farmers need public support to survive

Claims that problems being ignored

One of the Island's largest livestock breeders has warned the problems facing farmers are being overlooked.

This year has been particularly uncertain for the agriculture industry, with prolonged heavy rain in spring followed by drought in summer.

The subsequent shortfall prompted fears farmers would sell livestock off-Island, potentially worsening financial instability at the Meat Plant.

Isle of Man Goats and Manx Mohair was recognised in this year's Food, Farming and Fishing Awards for its efforts to diversify the sector.

Claire Lewis, who helped found the farm in 2012, says the Island's traditional industries are at risk:

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