Farmers from across the region have travelled to Dublin today to take part in an IFA demonstration highlighting the crisis in the forestry sector, and the need for emergency legislation to reform the licence system.

There are currently almost 6,000 forest licences caught up in a backlog, which is jeopardising the industry, from nurseries to sawmills.

The IFA says farmers are being denied the right to manage their forests - as they planted their land with the expectation that they would be able to thin and realise an income during its rotation, but the delays in licences mean this is no longer a reality for many.

IFA Farm Forestry Chairman Vincent Nally says forest owners are beyond frustrated with the system and the red-tape that's preventing them from realising the value of their investment.

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