Updated: 30/09/14 : 13:20:01
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IFA call for commonage flexibility for payment qualification

IFA Hill Chairman Pat Dunne has called on the Department of Agriculture to apply the maximum flexibility in commonage areas so that all active farmers can qualify for the Single Farm Payment, Disadvantaged Areas payments and the new GLAS scheme.Speaking in advance of the Department of Agriculture’s public information meetings on the new stocking regime for commonages, which commence in Westport and Kenmare on Tuesday September 30th, Pat [...]  Read More...

Updated: 24/09/14 : 12:29:09
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Disadvantaged Areas Scheme worth €5,588,659 for Sligo - Comiskey

Fine Gael Senator for Sligo-Leitrim, Michael Comiskey has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, that the 2014 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, worth some €149 million nationally, has started issuing, on schedule, today.“The issuing of the 2014 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme will mean payments of €5,588,659 for 2,694 farmers in Sligo. Direct aid payments to farmers and the [...]  Read More...

Updated: 22/09/14 : 12:04:23
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Minister must stand on Government’s commitment on climate legislation

IFA Environment & Rural Affairs Chairman Harold Kingston has called on Environment Minister Alan Kelly to stand on the Government’s commitment that climate legislation would not impact on the future development of Ireland’s carbon efficient agri-food sector. Reacting to inclusion of a climate change bill in the Government’s priority legislative list he said “IFA does not support divisive climate legislation that focuses on notional [...]  Read More...

Updated: 26/09/14 : 08:17:33
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Pig producers' incomes crumbling - IFA

IFA Pigs Committee Chairman Pat O’Flaherty has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to take immediate action to stop pig prices falling.   “An immediate political solution to the Russian ban must be found or pig producers in Ireland will find themselves unviable once again.  If the re-opening of the market is not feasible, APS must be introduced as a temporary measure to prevent further price drops.”   [...]  Read More...

Updated: 26/09/14 : 08:19:10
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Rising UK beef prices must lift Irish prices

Speaking at the National Ploughing Championships, IFA President Eddie Downey said cattle prices are turning with factories having to pay 5c to 10c per kg above quotes prices to get stock this week. “With an increase of 27c/kg or €100 per head in finished cattle prices in our main export market in the UK since early July, there is major market potential for Irish cattle prices to increase substantially.” Eddie Downey said prices are going [...]  Read More...