Updated: 19/05/16 : 11:21:00
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Marine sector needs govt action over jobs/exports

The new Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed TD, must ensure swift and measurable action to review procedures, reduce red tape and encourage development of the indigenous Irish shellfish sector, a conference in Athlone heard today. Speaking at the IFA National Shellfish Conference, outgoing Irish Shellfish Association Chairman, Jerry Gallagher said the industry needs to invest in sustainable growth, based on the clear commitments to [...]  Read More...

Updated: 19/05/16 : 11:26:21
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Bord Bia to accommodate livestock farmers

At a meeting with Bord Bia CEO Aidan Cotter this week, IFA President Joe Healy said the beef and lamb Quality Assurance scheme is essential, but it must be made more practical and farmer friendly. In particular, he said, livestock farmers need a close out period introduced to allow them to remain in the scheme and trade, while addressing compliance issues. Joe Healy said, “IFA is very committed to a strong and worthwhile Bord Bia Quality [...]  Read More...

Updated: 19/05/16 : 11:54:19
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Farm scale renewables needed in Govt energy strategy

IFA Renewables Project Team Chairman James Murphy has called for the renewable energy strategy in the new Programme for Government to be built upon, by ensuring farm scale renewable energy projects are supported. Welcoming Denis Naughten’s appointment as Minister for Natural Resources, James Murphy said, “The new programme for Government provides a real platform for a more acceptable approach to renewable energy development in Ireland. [...]  Read More...

Updated: 19/05/16 : 11:59:01
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Minister must prioritise state aid for superlevy

IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary this week called on Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to show greater urgency in implementing a state aid funded scheme to relieve dairy farmers’ cash flow pressures from superlevy and merchant credit, as some co-ops announce further milk price cuts for April. Mr O’Leary was speaking as Minister Creed attended his first EU Farm Council meeting in Brussels. Mr O’Leary said that, as well as [...]  Read More...

Updated: 19/05/16 : 12:20:07
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Healy raises key farm income issues with minister

Following his first meeting with the new Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, IFA President Joe Healy said he had raised the serious income pressures on farmers in all sectors with the Minister. He said Government and the EU Commission in Brussels must take measures across the board to assist farmers through the current difficulties.  Describing the meeting as constructive, Joe Healy said, “I look forward to working with [...]  Read More...