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Launching the IFA Manifesto for the European Parliament & Local Government Elections in Dublin, IFA President Joe Healy said those elected as MEPs for Ireland next month will have some far-reaching decisions to make about the future of Irish agriculture.

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IFA President Joe Healy said today’s CSO figures for farm income in 2018 confirm the severe impact the adverse weather and external political events had on farming last year.

 

He said, “The headline figure showing a decrease of 16% was largely driven by a substantial hike of over €350m on feed. A combination of the late, wet Spring, Storm Emma & the summer drought added significantly to costs on farms during 2018 and affected the bottom line for farmers”.

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The medium-term outlook for agriculture is very uncertain, not least as a result of policy and trade issues stemming from Brexit. 2019 is a critical year, given the decisions that will be made on CAP post-2020.  The outcome of the CAP process will decide the Budget for Ireland and the level of support for Irish farmers for the next seven years. Direct payments are critical for farmers’ incomes and we expect the Government to fight for an increase in the CAP Budget ” –  IFA President Joe Healy

The IFA will hold four open meetings in Munster this January and February to discuss CAP and ANC’s. The outcome of these matters will impact your direct payments, farm schemes and income. We want to update you on our progress to date and hear what you think.

Join us and make sure your voice is heard.

January 17th, 2019, 8pm – Castle Hotel, Macroom, Co. Cork

January 23rd, 2019, 8pm – Corrin Mart, Fermoy, Co. Cork

February 4th, 8pm, – South Court Hotel, Limerick

February 7th, 2019, 8pm – Manor West Hotel, Tralee, Co.Kerry

 

The medium-term outlook for agriculture is very uncertain, not least as a result of policy and trade issues stemming from Brexit. 2019 is a critical year, given the decisions that will be made on CAP post-2020.  The outcome of the CAP process will decide the Budget for Ireland and the level of support for Irish farmers for the next seven years. Direct payments are critical for farmers’ incomes and we expect the Government to fight for an increase in the CAP Budget ” –  IFA President Joe Healy

The IFA is holding a number of open farmer meetings around the country on

  • The state of play with the CAP negotiations
  • The IFA’s campaign to protect farmers’ direct payments
  • The key dates in 2019 that members need to be aware of, and
  • What the recent ANC review means for farmers and how they can appeal the outcome if they were excluded.

Preparatory documents

Agenda highlights

Atlantic and North Sea: Fishing opportunities for 2019

Ministers are due to agree on the 2019 fishing opportunities for the Atlantic and North Sea. The Council is responsible for fixing total allowable catches and allocating fishing opportunities. Decisions are taken on the basis of a proposal from the European Commission and scientific advice from the international council for the exploration of the sea (ICES).

Future of the CAP post 2020

The Council will also take stock of the progress made under Austrian presidency on the post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package. The three legislative proposals are designed to make the CAP fit for the future.

EU bioeconomy strategy

The Council will have an exchange of views on the EU bioeconomy strategy which was recently updated by the Commission. The strategy aims to improve and scale up the sustainable use of renewable resources to address global and local challenges such as climate change and sustainable development.

Other issues

Along with a variety of issues, ministers will be informed on:

  • plant proteins
  • forest damages in the EU
  • fibronil incident
  • establishment of an international centre for antimicrobial resistance solutions

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