IFA National Grain Committee Chairman Liam Dunne said that the political establishment and trade buyers must act to stem the deepening income crisis that has developed over the last three years on Irish tillage farms as a result of low grain prices and escalating inputs costs particularly for fertiliser. They must take remedial action immediately.
IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Michael Fleming has welcomed the changes in the Farmers Charter and believes they will positively benefit the development of the private forest sector and farmers’ relationship with the Forest Service.
IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has urged co-op board members, who will be meeting in coming days to set the September milk price, to hold it at their August levels, and give a commitment to hold to year-end at least.
Ahead of the 70% advance payout of the Basic Payment and the Greening payment next week, IFA Deputy President Tim O’Leary has said all farmers must be paid on time and in full. “This is vitally important given the tight cashflow on farms due to income difficulties this year”.
IFA’s Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman Harold Kingston has welcomed EirGrid’s decision not to develop the proposed project in the south east called Grid Link. He also called on EirGrid to review plans for similar projects in the north east and the west of Ireland.
IFA President Eddie Downey said that he has been in contact with the main buyers and there is an onus on all co-op and merchant grain buyers to pay a strong price for grain this harvest as they move to finalise the green grain prices over the coming days.
IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns has said the view in the beef trade this week is that cattle prices have bottomed out and are turning the corner. He said the factory tactic of cutting prices every week to force farmers out with stock has run out of road.
Launching a new IFA Liquid Milk Handbook today (Thurs), IFA President Eddie Downey said fresh, locally produced supplies of milk for consumers could not be taken for granted without appropriate regulation of the liquid milk market, securing adequate remuneration of specialist producers’ full costs.
IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson, Maura Canning has said the Fair Deal scheme is jeopardising the viability of the family farm model and is causing untold stress to older farmers at a very difficult time. “The Government needs to address the treatment of income generating assets, such as the family farm, under […]