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IFA’s Inputs Project Team Chairman John Coughlan has challenged fuel suppliers to review their existing pricing structure, with IFA’s most recent fuel price survey showing a substantial increase in fuel prices across the country.

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IFA National Chairman Jer Bergin is this week writing to the Agriculture Ministers in each of the 28 EU Member States calling for their support for IFA’s campaign to eliminate custom duties on fertiliser.

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Following a meeting with Minister Simon Coveney at today’s EU Agriculture Council meeting in Brussels, IFA National Chairman Jer Bergin  said while some positive measures have been announced, further action is required to address the growing income crisis across all farming sectors, and most acute in the dairy, grain, pigmeat and livestock sectors.  He stressed that the immediate suspension of import tariffs on fertiliser would reduce the price by up to 14% and save Irish and European farmers over €1bn in unnecessary input costs.

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Speaking from Brussels where he is leading a high-level IFA delegation, IFA National Chairman Jer Bergin said the delegation held meetings this morning with officials from the Rural Development and Direct Payments sections of DG AGRI.  The IFA group is highlighting serious ongoing farm income difficulties, particularly in the dairy, livestock, grain and pig sectors.

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IFA’s Inputs Project Team Chairman James McCarthy has reported a 20% fall in the cost of agricultural diesel in the most recent fuel price survey carried out by the Association. The current national average price is 51.16 cent per litre.

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