IFA President Joe Healy reiterated the call on the trade to support tillage famers with a strong grain and protein price this harvest, at today’s IFA Executive Council.
Joe Healy said, “With the harvest almost 100% complete, there is an onus on merchants and co-ops to set a strong grain and protein crop price this week to support growers through what has been a very difficult harvest both mentally and financially”.
The IFA President said, “Incomes for many growers will be non-existent as current grain price offers are significantly below the cost of production. Cash reserves are well depleted as this stage after four years of falling grain prices, not to mention the significant crop losses suffered by many growers”.
“The trade needs to take a longer term view as a strong local supply of native grain is vital to support Ireland’s export orientated livestock, dairy and drinks industries.”