06 May 2016
IFA PRESIDENT CONGRATULATES NEW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTUREPresident
IFA President Joe Healy this evening congratulated Michael Creed on his appointment as Minister for Agriculture.
Wishing him well in the role, Joe Healy said he looked forward to an early meeting with Minister Creed to discuss the severe income crisis in farming and he expects a strong response from the new Minister for Agriculture.
Joe Healy said IFA will be working with the new Government, led by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, on the implementation of all of the measures on agriculture in the Programme for Government.
The IFA President welcomed the positive aspects on agriculture contained in the Draft Programme, in particular the new funding for sheep and Disadvantaged Areas (ANCs).
Joe Healy said that IFA had presented detailed proposals on farming to the political parties in the General Election and during the Government negotiations. He said a significant number of the measures contained in the Draft Programme reflect the issues raised by IFA.
The IFA President welcomed the proposed €25m funding for a new sheep scheme and the increase in funding for the ANC Scheme of €25m. He said both measures need to be in this year’s Budget and paid out to farmers in 2017.
IFA had undertaken intensive campaigns over the last year for a new targeted sheep payment and the restoration of Disadvantaged Area payments (ANC).