05 09 2018
IFA President Joe Healy said the IFA National Council has supported the resolution from Leitrim IFA that an assessment of the social, economic and environmental impacts of afforestation within the county should be undertaken.
National Farm Forestry Chairman, Pat Collins has said that the Government must act now to address the failed afforestation policy by ensuring that all productive land without environmental constraints is eligible under the programme.
IFA National Farm Forestry Chairman, Pat Collins said forest owners need to be on alert after the Department of Agriculture issued a Condition Red extreme forest fire warning, the highest level warning and very rare for Ireland.
IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Pat Collins has welcomed the review of the national response to Ash Dieback disease to provide more management option to farmers. However, he said that the reconstitution element of the scheme must be available to all forest owners affected by the disease.