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IFA’s Inputs Project Team Chairman John Coughlan has reported broadly unchanged fuel prices in the most recent quarterly survey published by Association. The results show agricultural diesel now costs on average 60.50 cent per litre, car diesel 112.87 cent per litre and kerosene 55.8 cent per litre.

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Ahead of the launch of an IFA-commissioned report next Monday by the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) examining Europe’s fertiliser industry, IFA National Chairman Jer Bergin said IFA expects an urgent investigation by the EU Commission when the report is made public. He called on the Commission to cut input costs to farmers by abolishing duties and border taxes that only serve to protect European fertiliser producers at the expense of farmers.

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Speaking from Brussels after a series of high-level meetings with the EU Commission, IFA Inputs Project Team Leader and Munster Regional Chairman James McCarthy said it is critical that the Commission takes action to address market concentration and the unbalanced power held by a small number of multinational input suppliers, particularly in the fertiliser industry.

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IFA’s Inputs Project Team Chairman James McCarthy has called on Electric Ireland and SSE Airtricity to review their electricity charges and pass back full cost savings to consumers.

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IFA’s Inputs Project Team Chairman James McCarthy has challenged building materials’ suppliers to explain the excessive price differential, which is costing farmers thousands of euros each year and impacting on farm incomes.

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