Updated: 10/04/14 : 06:17:29
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Livestock farmers' incomes must be proritised

On the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney that he is to hold a high-level meeting on the beef crisis on April 17th, IFA President Eddie Downey said this time round Minister Coveney must put the incomes of livestock farmers centre stage. He said the Minister must take full charge, reject the unworkable weight limits and other specification cuts from the factories and ensure the real difficulties that have plagued [...]  Read More...

Updated: 10/04/14 : 06:23:10
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Harkin Slams Need for Brussels Competition Meeting

Independent MEP Marian Harkin organised a meeting in Brussels with DG Competition and representatives from the ICOS, IFA and Northern Ireland Livestock Marts and cattle finishers to discuss anti competitive practices by meat factory buyers in the Irish market.She said:- “We discussed a number of issues and, in particular, labelling and barriers to free trade.  Free trade is fundamental to the efficient operation of the market and [...]  Read More...

Updated: 18/04/14 : 10:54:58
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Farm profit must be at core of process - IFA

IFA President Eddie Downey said profit at farm level has to be at the core of the process started today by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney when he convened a meeting on the beef price situation. He said the fact that the Minister has committed to stay with the process is important. The IFA delegation, which included Livestock Chairman Henry Burns and Vice-Chairman Michael Biggins, left the summit in no doubt as to the anger [...]  Read More...

Updated: 14/04/14 : 15:54:50
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Calls for OPW to provide anti-flooding funding

IFA Flood Project Chairman Tom Turley has called on OPW Minister Brian Hayes to provide the necessary resources to help alleviate flooding on our main rivers as well as supporting the sea defences to avoid the loss of farm land on coastal areas. Speaking at the OPW Flood Risk Management Conference in Dublin Castle, Tom Turley said that the recent flooding and storm damage was a stark reminder of the vulnerability of farmers and rural [...]  Read More...

Updated: 15/04/14 : 08:51:04
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Rise in food and animal exports a sign of strength - Higgins

European election candidate, Lorraine Higgins, has said today’s CSO figures showing an increase of 15% in food and live animal exports in the last year indicates the continued strength of the Irish agri-food industry.Higgins says: “The latest batch of CSO data issued today shows how Irish exports have risen by €168 million from February 2013 to February 2014 - an increase of 3%.“The most encouraging aspect is that one of the main [...]  Read More...