24 Jul 2014
EDDIE DOWNEY SETS OUT KEY ISSUES FOR MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE FOLLOWING HIS REAPPOINTMENTOireachtas, President
In a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney following his reappointment, Eddie Downey set out the key issues that must be tackled during the remainder of this Government.
Eddie Downey said ensuring that the Beef Forum works for farmers to restore profitability and address issues on Quality Assurance specifications, winter contracts and live export competition is vital.
The IFA President said the farming sector continues to deliver growth in food exports and jobs and he expects Minister Coveney to ensure this year’s October Budget delivers funding for the new RDP programme so that payments can be made under GLAS and TAMS schemes in 2015.
In addition, the Minister must ensure that in the Agri-Taxation Review, key issues relating to farm income volatility, land mobility, transfer and on-farm investment are fully addressed.
The IFA President also highlighted the major threat to the Irish farm family sector from unfair trade deals currently being negotiated with Mercosur and the US.
As part of CAP implementation issues, Minister Coveney must address outstanding concerns on greening, the Sheep Grassland Payment and allocation of national reserve, Downey said.
Eddie Downey also highlighted the need for the Minister to deliver a Charter of Rights that works for farm families and reduces the stress and bureaucracy involved in on-farm inspections.