Speaking at a protest in Drogheda today (Wed) IFA President Joe Healy said farmers are extremely angry that brokers are continuing to import barley, undermining the Irish grain sector, at a time when incomes are on the floor and the sector is in serious danger of collapse.
IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has said that with direct payments due to commence over the next month, IFA is insisting that there are no delays in the payment of more than €1.6bn to farmers in this most difficult year for the agricultural sector.
IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy led a delegation to meet the Department of Agriculture in Portlaoise yesterday to discuss the RDP Amendments, which will be formally sent to the EU Commission shortly.
IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart again raised the difficulties farmers are experiencing with the current Fallen Animal Collection System in a meeting with senior Department of Agriculture officials, specifically on the issue of fallen animal disposal.
IFA President Joe Healy has written to the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, saying that grain farmers are struggling to make financial sense of cereal farming and that political intervention is needed on a number of fronts to support the industry or it will face terminal decline.