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IFA President Joe Healy has called on Horticulture Minister Andrew Doyle to support the nursery stock growers who have experienced extensive damage caused by Storm Ophelia.

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IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Pat Collins has said that farmers are holding off on planting until Minister Andrew Doyle shows a commitment to introduce changes to the programme that will address farmers’ long-standing concerns, particularly in relation to the removal of restrictions on planting productive marginal land and paying farmers a premium on all land they are obliged to set aside for environmental enhancement.

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IFA President Joe Healy met the EU’s Chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, in Dublin this morning at an event hosted by the EU Commission. It was be the second time Joe Healy has met Michel Barnier, following a meeting in Brussels last month.

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IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed Minister for Horticulture, Andrew Doyle’s commitment to establish a Horticulture Industry Forum, which would bring all stakeholders in the industry together – food and amenity – to address the challenges and issues facing this very important sector, worth over €400m annually at farm gate.

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