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IFA Grain Committee Chairman Mark Browne has welcomed the positive announcements by Quinn’s of Baltinglass and Dairygold regarding the pricing of the 2019 field beans crop.

He has called on all feed merchants to show a similar commitment to the home production of protein crops.

Mark Browne said that 2018 was a very difficult year for bean production due to a late spring followed by a summer drought. This resulted in a reduction in area of 40% from 2017, combined with yield reductions of up to 70% in some areas.

The IFA Grain Committee Chairman said, “These prices should encourage tillage farmers to consider beans despite last year’s poor crops and reinstall confidence in the sector.”

“Government support for protein crops in the form of coupled payments is vital for the viability of this sector and this must continue under both the current CAP and post-2020,” said Mark Browne.

IFA Horticulture Chairman Paul Brophy has welcomed the recent launch of the 2019 Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the Commercial Horticulture Sector by Minister Andrew Doyle. He said the scheme was essential for the continued development and competitiveness of the Irish horticulture sector.

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IFA President Joe Healy said the cynical intervention by the EuroCommerce group to try and block the European Parliament from introducing a ban on Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) by retailers must be resisted.

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IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the Government report on the review of economic migration policy. The objective of the review was to consider the rationale for the employment permit system where the economy is improving and the labour market is tightening, and to make appropriate recommendations to the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

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IFA Grain Committee Chairman Mark Browne said IFA has met representatives from the mushroom compost industry to discuss the serious challenges facing the Irish tillage and mushroom sectors.

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