IFA Renewables Chairman James Murphy has called on Energy Minister Denis Naughten to ring-fence 20% of the energy levy paid by all homeowners, to develop a prosumer strategy which encourages homeowners and farmers to replace their fossil fuels with renewable sources.
IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has renewed his call on the Department of Local Government and the EPA to establish a ring-fenced budget to address septic tank failure, following the publication of results of the 2016 inspections of domestic waste water treatment systems.
An IFA delegation led by President Joe Healy met with Andrew Doyle, Minister of State for Agriculture, in the north-west last weekend to make a strong case for a fodder aid package for farmers struggling with difficulties this winter.
IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey said some factories have offered €5.00/kg to get very tight supplies of lamb this week. He said prices are up 5 to 10c/kg on last week and demand is very strong.