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IFA President Joe Healy has met with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan to discuss the threats posed by Brexit to Irish agriculture.

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Speaking at the ASA debate on Brexit in Kilkenny this afternoon, IFA President Joe Healy dismissed any suggestion of diluting growth targets for the farming and food industry because of Brexit. He said, “Food Wise 2025 sets out ambitious targets based on our capacity to expand production. It would be extremely shortsighted to jettison clear objectives at this point”.

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IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the independent scientific opinion on the hazard classification of glyphosate by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) yesterday. This assessment clears the way for the relicensing of glyphosate later this year by the EU Commission and Member States.

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Launching IFA’s policy Brexit: The Imperatives for Irish Farmers & the Agri-Food Sector in Dublin today, IFA President Joe Healy said the implications for Irish agriculture are so serious that farming has to be first in the Government’s negotiating position.

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Speaking at the IFA/Farmers Journal meeting on Supporting Sucklers in Balla Mart Co Mayo last night, IFA President Joe Healy said IFA is prioritising increased targeted direct supports of €200 per cow and a strong live export trade in order to support and maintain our quality suckler cow herd, which he said forms the backbone of Ireland’s €2.3bn beef and livestock sector.

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