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Following a meeting regarding farmer concerns over Quality Assurance audits, IFA President Eddie Downey said Bord Bia has agreed that photographic evidence will only be taken with the explicit permission of the farmer in advance, and as a means of sorting problems without the need for another farm visit.

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IFA President Eddie Downey has said Budget decisions secured by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney in the Budget next week will define the Government’s commitment to farming, and especially to farm families in vulnerable sectors and regions.

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IFA President Eddie Downey has accused the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney of attempting to water down GLAS by excluding many farmers from the second phase of the scheme, as well as taking out some key measures and reducing the impact of others.

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IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary today (Friday) welcomed the decision this week by Kerry, Carbery and Dairygold to hold their August milk price. He said that farmers’ margins had all but disappeared, with serious consequences for their short-term cash flow, but also for their situation next spring. He urged co-ops to make every effort to hold milk prices.

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IFA President Eddie Downey has said that Ireland’s share of the €420m targeted aid from the EU’s €500m support package announced last week, at €13.7m while welcome, is totally inadequate to deal with the income difficulties on farms at this time.

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