IFA President Joe Healy has set out in a submission the top ten priorities for agriculture (10 Priorities for the new Taoiseach) to Leo Varadkar following his election as Taoiseach this afternoon. He wished him success in the role and said he is looking forward to working closely with Leo Varadkar in the future.
Joe Healy said, “With the right support, our farming and food industry will continue to play a significant role in contributing to the national economy. Viable farm incomes are critical to underpinning the important agri-food industry”.
The IFA President said he has sought a meeting with the Taoiseach at the earliest possible opportunity to have a detailed discussion on Brexit. “IFA is very clear that farming and food must be at the top of the Brexit agenda, not only in Ireland but at EU level. We are seeking the Taoiseach’s personal intervention at the highest level in Europe to ensure that an outcome that secures the interests of this vital sector.”
IFA has presented for the Taoiseach and his Government to tackle low farm incomes, to underpin the contribution of the farming and agri-food sector to the economy, including the achievement of Foodwise 2025 targets, and to ensure the well-being of rural communities.
Joe Healy said the Taoiseach must place a firm policy focus on achieving the sustainable and profitable growth of family farming and rejuvenating rural Ireland through balanced regional development and the provision of rural services.