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IFA President Joe Healy has said that the EU Commission decision today to renew Ireland’s Nitrates Derogation will underpin the sustainable delivery of growth objectives in the Food Wise 2025 Strategy.

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IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has welcomed the Government’s decision today to establish a sustainability support programme that works with farmers. He said, it must deliver both economic and environmental benefits to the sector and wider rural communities in the years ahead.

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The Heritage Bill proposals to extend the periods during which hedge-cutting and gorse burning are permitted should be supported to allow farmers necessary flexibilities to properly manage hedgerows and uplands, IFA National Hill Chairman Pat Dunne told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today.

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Responding to today’s address from Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan on the Future of Food and Farming, IFA President Joe Healy said an increased budget is essential for the future CAP to be effective and to ensure a supply of safe, sustainably produced food for European consumers.

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IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has renewed the Association’s call on Government to introduce further measures to avoid climate fines and reduce Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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