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IFA President Joe Healy raised the deep concerns of Irish livestock farmers about Mercosur and other trade issues during a discussion at COPA this afternoon with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom.

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IFA President Joe Healy has been elected Chairman of the COPA Working Party on the Food Chain, a high-level group representing farmers across all EU Member States, which will be pushing for tangible reform of the food chain in Brussels.

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Addressing the World Farmers’ Conference in Milan this week, IFA President Eddie Downey said the climate change talks in Paris later this year will have to recognise the importance of supporting sustainable food production, and reach an agreement that promotes policies so countries like Ireland, which has the capacity and resources to grow food production sustainably, are allowed to do so.

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IFA President Eddie Downey this week met with and wrote to EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan to express his concerns on dairy price pressures. He asked the Commissioner to have his services undertake an immediate review of dairy intervention prices, as the Commission is mandated to do under Article 7.2 of the European Parliament and Council Regulation 1308/2013 – the regulation within the CAP that deals with ‘Common Market Organisation’.

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