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Speaking as thousands of EU farmers protested in Brussels today, IFA President Eddie Downey said the package of measures announced following the meeting of the Farm Council was insufficient to address the income crisis facing farm families.

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IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said that speaking to colleagues from all over Europe at a meeting of COPA this week had confirmed the majority of EU dairy farmers were now producing milk at a loss.

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Commenting on the response from EU Commissioner Phil Hogan, received by IFA to its request for a review of the EU dairy intervention safety net, IFA President Eddie Downey said this is not about encouraging higher production. He said, it is about sending a clear signal to buyers that they cannot exploit the vulnerabilities of the sector when returns are below production costs, and that they must start buying at realistic, sustainable prices.

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The IFA has requested that the EU Commissioner for Competition carry out a sector enquiry into the EU fertiliser industry, IFA President Eddie Downey has confirmed. He said the IFA submitted a formal case for an investigation into market concentration and lack of price transparency in the fertiliser industry to Commissioner Margrethe Vestager this week.

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