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Reacting to the Budget announcement by Minister Paschal Donohoe today, IFA President Joe Healy said the funding provided for the agri-food sector will fall short of what will be needed as Ireland faces an agricultural Armageddon.

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IFA President Joe Healy has said that retailers and the EU Commission must be included in the talks that the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has convened for tomorrow.

Speaking at the Tullamore Show today (Sun), Joe Healy said, “While the factories are the main problem, the retailer has a dominant role in the dysfunctional food chain that is not working for beef farmers. They need to be around the table tomorrow to account for their actions and to outline how they intend to address the problem”.

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IFA President Joe Healy said the National Farm Survey results published today expose the fragility of farm incomes and should serve as a ‘wake up’ call at EU and Government level.

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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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At the end of January, IFA held its 64th AGM. Over the course of two days, IFA representatives from our 29 County Executives and every farming sector discussed the key challenges facing farmers in 2019.

We have a huge work programme ahead of us in 2019. I have no doubt that together we can meet these challenges and deliver real results for Irish farmers.

Joe Healy

IFA President

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