While the conclusion of the first phase of the Brexit negotiations was positive and welcome, the outcome of Phase 2 will determine the fate of Irish food exports to our largest market, the UK, with serious implications for farming.
In response to a proposal from newly elected IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said he was favourably disposed to looking at how to better reward sheep farmers for the environmental benefits the sector delivers in the context of CAP 2020.
The Chairman of Kerry IFA Pat O’Driscoll told today’s IFA meeting of farmers from the Iveragh Peninsula that the Minister and his officials must recognise the enormous financial burden that TB controls impose on farmers.
More detail on the fodder transport subsidy scheme announced by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed at this week’s IFA AGM is urgently required, and the scheme needs to be implemented quickly, IFA Connacht Regional Chairman Padraic Joyce has said.
Speaking at the IFA AGM in Dublin this week, President Joe Healy said the suckler cow herd is a vital national asset. He said to underline the importance of the national herd, IFA will commission a new study to quantify its contribution to the rural economy.