02 Jul 2015
EXPORT TARGETS IN AGRI-STRATEGY 2025 WILL NOT HAPPEN WITHOUT AN INCREASE IN FARM PROFITABILITYSectors
Speaking at the lauch of Agri-Strategy 2025, IFA President Eddie Downey re-iterated that increasing farm family profitability has to be at the centre of the Strategy.
He said, “IFA will be monitoring the implementation of the actions around farm profitability very closely and insisting that all actions are implemented as soon as possible. Farm profitability is not just about improving efficiencies within the farm gate but also in returning a fair price and margin to farmers for their high quality output. Growth in the agri-food sector can only be achieved if there is a fair return for all stakeholders in the supply chain, especially primary producers. Meeting the ambitious target of €19bn in food exports by 2025 will depend on improved farm profitability. Without better farm incomes, farmers will not increase production to meet these targets”.
The IFA President said more support, particularly for vulnerable sectors such as beef and sheep, would have to be forthcoming. He said, “The delivery of full funding in this October’s budget for the farm schemes in the new Rural Development Programme must be a priority, while securing a strong budget for the CAP is a medium term focus”.
Eddie Downey said the new Agri-Strategy builds upon the focus of Food Harvest 2020 which had sustainable growth in food production at its core. Farmers will continue to play their part through participation in sustainability programmes and Irish food production operates to higher environmental and sustainability standards than other regions.
Mr Downey said farmers will engage fully with the new Agri-Strategy on the basis that the necessary actions are taken to deliver viable incomes.