07 Sep 2012
REACHING FOOD HARVEST TARGETS DEPENDS ON SUPPORTING PRIMARY PRODUCTIONUncategorized
Reacting to the publication of today’s progress report on <i>Food Harvest 2020, </i>IFA President John Bryan said the agri-food sector, which is underpinned by primary production, is delivering on its employment and economic growth targets.
However, John Bryan cautioned that 2012 is proving to be a difficult year on farms because of the extremely wet weather conditions and the soaring cost of inputs, both of which are a threat to farm viability.
The IFA President said, “It is critical that farm schemes that play such a vital role in supporting production at farm level are maintained in the upcoming Budget. Measures put forward by IFA that will allow consolidation and land mobility to facilitate expansion must also be adopted. In addition, the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney must secure a fully-funded CAP Budget for Irish farmers in the forthcoming negotiations”.