Updated: 22/09/14 : 11:50:04
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ALDI accused of pushing veg growers to extinction

IFA President Eddie Downey today (Monday) said the current behaviour of all the major retailers towards vegetable growers will ensure the extinction of this specialised production sector and prevent Irish consumers from getting premium quality vegetables, as they will be substituted by imports.The IFA President was addressing vegetable and potato growers who were protesting outside the Aldi Headquarters and Distribution Centre in Naas [...]  Read More...

Updated: 16/09/14 : 17:08:26
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Minister must secure dairy confidence - O'Leary

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has announced a dairy conference in Dublin in November to count down to the end of quotas.Speaking in advance of an IFA budget lobbying day this week, National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary today reminded the Minister that he had a job of work to do in the 2015 Budget and the Agri-Taxation review to help dairy farmers to deliver profitable production growth in a volatile environment. He [...]  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: 16/09/14 : 17:19:28
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Full compensation of farmers losses over Russian ban - Carthy

Midlands North West MEP Matt Carthy is calling on the Irish Government to bring the Russian trade-ban to European Council level.Speaking in the European Parliament yesterday evening the Sinn Féin MEP called for full compensation for Irish farmers for losses incurred as a result of an international diplomatic war of which they have no input.Russia introduced a “full embargo” last month on most food imports from EU, US, and other [...]  Read More...

Updated: 17/09/14 : 16:29:06
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Commonage implementation committee must show flexibility

IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has called on the Commonage Implementation Committee to ensure that maximum flexibility is shown to ensure that all farmers on commonage land who sign up to GLAS are accepted. He also said there is a responsibility on the Department of Agriculture and Teagasc to prioritise hill and commonage areas in the west of Ireland that will have a significant number of applicants. “Whatever resources are [...]  Read More...