IFA Grain Committee Chairman Mark Browne has welcomed the Boortmalt forward fixed price offer of €200/t for the 2021 malting barley crop.

The Chairman called on all grain buyers to commit to Irish tillage farmers sustainability by offering strong forward grain and protein crop prices to encourage increased home production.

“Last year’s tillage season was extremely difficult for growers. Preliminary estimates by IFA indicate a fall in tillage incomes of over 10% for 2020. According to the Teagasc National Farm Survey, tillage farm incomes fell by 15% in 2019, representing consecutive years of decline for the sector”, he said.

“Also, the Irish livestock feed sector needs to reduce its dependence on feed ingredient imports which are of lower regulatory and environmental standards,” he said.

The recent Ag Climatise report recognised this quality divergence. It emphasised the importance of increasing the Irish tillage area and promoting native grain and protein crops in livestock rations.

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