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IFA President Joe Healy has expressed his frustration at the refusal of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) to allow employment permits to be extended for agricultural workers from non-EEA countries, as indicated to IFA in email correspondence this week.

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The Department of Agriculture is hosting a seminar on Tuesday October 31st on Plant Protection Developments in the horticulture and speciality crop sector.

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Based on Sterling depreciation and the volume of cattle exports to the UK, Irish beef farmers are losing close to €2m per week.

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Speaking at the farmers’ information meeting in Mullingar this evening, IFA President Joe Healy said the cattle price cuts of over €100 per head in the last month were inflicting severe financial damage on the low income livestock sector and eroding confidence in the trade.

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IFA President Joe Healy has said that urgent Government action is needed to counteract the serious damage being done to farming enterprises in the beef and mushroom sectors arising from the recent sharp decline of Sterling.

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