GOVERNMENT BACKING FOR FOOD HARVEST CRUCIAL TO ITS SUCCESS – BRYAN

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31 May 2011

GOVERNMENT BACKING FOR FOOD HARVEST CRUCIAL TO ITS SUCCESS – BRYAN

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IFA President John Bryan has welcomed the strong commitment from the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the <i>Food Harvest</i> 2020 targets. Mr Kenny was addressing the Bord Bia ‘Pathways for Growth’ conference.
 
John Bryan said, “The Government has an important role to play in assisting the agri-food sector to achieve the aims of <i>Food Harvest</i>, not least in maintaining vital farm schemes that will underpin primary production. The Taoiseach has rightly identified the important contribution that agriculture can make to our economic recovery. With the right policy framework, I am convinced that the capacity exists within the sector to meet the 2020 objectives.”
 
The IFA President said the Taoiseach had also pinpointed competitiveness as a central element of the successful expansion of the agricultural sector. “Minister Coveney is working on removing red tape and reducing unnecessary burdens. This project must also incorporate a full review of costs on farm families, and must examine ways of minimising the bureaucracy that surrounds day-to-day farming. The following issues should be pursued:
 
1.<span>         The use of trained technicians under veterinary supervision, similar to practices in other EU countries, can systematically reduce meat inspection charges;</span>
2.<span>         Reduction in the level of scrapie testing in meat factories to reflect very low levels of incidence and risk;</span>
3.<span>         EU wide registration of animal medicines – reduce the registration cost of medicines for pharmaceutical companies and in turn reduce the cost to farmers; and</span>
4.<span>         Secure a change to the EU regulation to allow for 1% cross compliance inspection on cattle and sheep I.D. and registration.</span>
 
John Bryan also noted the Taoiseach’s comments on our low-carbon model of agricultural production. “The Government must continue to promote our sustainable, grass-based system and ensure that future legislation takes full account of its benign impact on the environment compared to other countries.”

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