Meeting held to discuss the effects of war on Irish farming

Dublin, 20 August 1914 - The Council of Agriculture held a meeting today at the Civic Exhibition about the effect the war is having on agriculture. The meeting gave advice to farmers on the best means for farmers to ensure the maintenance of their livestock and food supply.

The Vice President said the question of food supply was of particular emergency and the coming months of war may put their supplies under pressure. Therefore, he said, it was of utmost importance for farmers to take instant account of their farming position and possibilities and in what way and by what means they could turn the talents with which they were entrusted to the fullest public advantage, 'Ireland is a food producing country and agriculture is our great and staple industry.'

There was also suggestions that farmers need to increase their production and focus heavily on tillage rather than livestock. The issue was raised however, that it is now difficult to find men to till the fields with so many gone off to war.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]

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