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Irish Water has agreed to accommodate farmers impacted by reduced water supply from public water sources, in order to ensure they have sufficient water for animals and for other needs on the farm.

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IFA President Joe Healy is today visiting farms in the south-east, which were particularly badly impacted by the effects of Storm Emma. He is joined by IFA South Leinster Regional Chairman Tom Short.

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IFA National Grain Committee Chairman, Liam Dunne has said that difficult weather conditions at this critical juncture of the harvest will compound the income crisis many tillage farmers are facing due to a fourth season of low prices and inevitable crop losses.

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Following a meeting with officials of EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan’s Cabinet last Friday, IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said there are a number of crucial issues that need to be urgently addressed by the EU Commission and the Irish Government to ensure we have a sustainable tillage sector that can prosper in peripheral regions – mainly in the western part of the country – into 2017 and future years.

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IFA National Grain Committee Chairman Liam Dunne said the harvest has turned into a salvage operation for many growers with later sown and later maturing crops, particularly on the heavier soils in peripheral areas due to heavy and incessant rain.

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