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Speaking today at the IFA Retail Event, addressed by UK Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon, IFA National Liquid Milk Chairman John Finn said the first condition for farmers to get a fair price from the retail chain was for retailers to pay a wholesale price which guarantees a return for farmers.

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Addressing the IFA retail conference Getting Fairness for Farmers in the Food Chain in Dublin today, IFA President Joe Healy said the UK model of retail regulation should be replicated by the Irish Government if it’s serious about giving farmers and suppliers are to get fair play in the food supply chain.

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IFA President Joe Healy has called on Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys and Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to move immediately to make changes to the pilot employment permit scheme which will address the rapidly worsening labour and skills shortages for dairy, horticulture, pigs and poultry farms.

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Overview

The weather this Winter and Spring was far more benign than 2017/2018. This gave overwintered crops a chance to compensate for the drought conditions which they experienced up to September 2018. The final yield of crops was probably better than what had been initially expected however overall average yields were reduced and growers incurred significant extra costs due to irrigation and other drought related expenditure.

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IFA President Joe Healy has called on consumers and retailers to support the Irish strawberry sector – a vital indigenous industry worth €47m at farm gate, with 57 growers producing over 8,000 tonnes annually.

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