Updated: 25/08/14 : 11:45:58
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Industry must support growers in difficult financial year

IFA National Grain Committee Chairman Liam Dunne said that the industry must support growers to get through what is a very challenging financial year as grain price offers of €140/t for green barley (excl. vat) are significantly below the cost of production and will leave many growers facing a negative income scenario. Mr. Dunne said, “Input prices need to be realigned to reflect the significant fall in value of grain over the last two [...]  Read More...

Updated: 25/08/14 : 11:34:46
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EU must take immediate action over Russian crisis

Given the political stance taken by the EU in pushing for a trade deal with Ukraine and in their subsequent backing of sanctions against Russia, EU farmers and food processors should not now be expected to bear the brunt of the cost of the Russian ban on food imports, stated Bertie O’Leary, President of ICOS, the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society, when commenting on the current impact of the ban on food markets and specifically its impact [...]  Read More...

Updated: 25/08/14 : 11:37:16
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Minister must deliver for beef farmers - Downey

IFA President Eddie Downey has said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney must accept that there is a severe income crisis in the livestock sector and he needs to take urgent action to address the situation.Eddie Downey said he has requested Minister Coveney to call an urgent meeting between the meat factories and the IFA and use his good offices to try and make progress on a number of key issues. Eddie Downey said livestock [...]  Read More...

Updated: 25/08/14 : 11:40:56
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Dairygold phased superlevy payment scheme welcomed

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary today (Friday) complimented Dairygold on their phased superlevy payment scheme, which will allow their suppliers to stagger their superlevy payment over the following 2 years’ peak periods.  He said this was a positive example other co-ops, perhaps in co-operation with financial institutions, should emulate to better support their suppliers through the challenging transition out of quotas. [...]  Read More...

Updated: 25/08/14 : 11:43:22
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Ragwort spread must be tackled by Councils and NRA

IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman Harold Kingston has called on the NRA and County Councils to improve their efforts to control the rampant spread of ragwort and noxious weeds on public roads.He said, “Roadside verges across the country are blighted with ragwort and other noxious weeds. There is a clear failure to manage these poisonous weeds and eliminate their spreading from roadside onto farmland.  The NRA has published [...]  Read More...